Snow is expected again Tuesday afternoon, but not a lot and not for long.
Pierce County might see from 2 to 4 inches in some areas by early Wednesday as a Pacific front spreads inland across Western Washington, according to the National Weather Service.
In the Tacoma area, the weather service said snow is likely after 4 p.m. Tuesday with a high near 37 degrees. Accumulations of less than 1 inch are possible.
The temperature will fall to 32 degrees tonight with new accumulations of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Accumulations could be higher in outlying areas toward the mountains.
The snow is expected to turn to rain Wednesday morning and keep the area wet through the weekend. Forecasters say snow is likely again for Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
In the meantime, commuters may see problems this afternoon and evening, so state crews were preparing Monday for a brief but possibly intense snowstorm, said Alice Fiman, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation.
That prep includes treating roads with anti-icer, salt and sand in the usual places. Snowplows will be at the ready, she said.
Those traveling over Snoqualmie Pass on Interstate 90 should be prepared for close to 10 inches of snow, Finman said. Heavy snow is expected on U.S. 2 over Stevens Pass, with winds gusting to 35 mph on the west side.