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Snow might sprinkle lowlands

Colin Cunningham's rosy cheeks are a testament to the raw conditions as snow falls at the Paradise sledding area at Mount Rainier National Park on Monday. Cunningham, 5, from Olympia, needed a helping hand from dad Russ to get up the slippery sledding hill at the park.
Colin Cunningham's rosy cheeks are a testament to the raw conditions as snow falls at the Paradise sledding area at Mount Rainier National Park on Monday. Cunningham, 5, from Olympia, needed a helping hand from dad Russ to get up the slippery sledding hill at the park. The Olympian

Forecasters are calling for a chance of snow in the Western Washington lowlands tonight and Wednesday morning as a winter weather system moves through the region.

Accumulations, if any, should be light, and much of the snow could be mixed with rain, the National Weather Service office in Seattle said Monday in a special weather statement.

“The precipitation with this feature will be showery, making it difficult to pinpoint where, when and how much will occur until very shortly before it happens,” according to the statement.

“Still, lowland snow is usually a big event around Western Washington, so stay tuned to the latest forecasts and statements.”

It certainly was a big event the week of Thanksgiving, when snow and freezing weather paralyzed the region.

Forecasts issued Monday called for snow possibly developing in the Tacoma area about 10 tonight and continuing into Wednesday morning before the system gives way to partly sunny skies in the late morning or afternoon.

Accumulations should be no more than a half-inch, the Weather Service reported.

Temperatures are expected to reach the low 40s in the Tacoma area by Wednesday afternoon, which means the snow shouldn’t stick around long should any accumulate.

Forecasters predict more snow in the Cascades – which got pounded Monday with up to a foot of accumulation – for today and Wednesday, with accumulations of up to 3 inches each day.

Lower temperatures are predicted in the lowlands for Thursday – highs in the upper 30s – before things warm up for the weekend. The current forecast calls for partly sunny skies with a high near 45 for New Year’s Day.

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