Snow finally arrives in Olympia area

Snowfall begins in Tumwater

Snow falls in Tumwater on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016.
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Snow falls in Tumwater on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016.

Long-anticipated snowflakes began falling — and sticking — in Olympia at about 3 p.m. Thursday, and snow is expected to continue overnight.

While snow was expected to continue until after midnight, the National Weather Service announced it would turn to rain by morning.

The agency issued a winter weather advisory for most of Western Washington, from 4 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday (Dec. 9). Road conditions may be slippery for the morning commute if snow remains in the mix.

The city of Olympia has a “Snow and Ice” webpage up and running, including information about snowplows and sanding. The city’s first priority is lifeline roads, and several major hills will be monitored. The webpage also includes a live plow map, which shows whether roads are open or closed.

According to the website, the city uses a mixture of molasses, salt and whey to keep snow and ice from accumulating on roads.

Amelia Dickson: 360-754-5445, @Amelia_Oly

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