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‘Uncertainty’ about whether snow is coming back to the lowlands this week, or just rain

Postal carrier Tom Arndt delivers letters to homes along South 19th street in Tacoma, February 11, 2019. “I’m a skier, so I love this. That’s probably why you see me out here smiling,” he says. It’s the umpteenth day of snowfall in the Puget Sound area.
Postal carrier Tom Arndt delivers letters to homes along South 19th street in Tacoma, February 11, 2019. “I’m a skier, so I love this. That’s probably why you see me out here smiling,” he says. It’s the umpteenth day of snowfall in the Puget Sound area. phaley@thenewstribune.com

Snow is back in the forecast for Puget Sound, but it’s likely to come with rain, if at all, this week.

A storm is expected early Tuesday and could bring light snow.

Some models show it bringing trace amounts to Tacoma, Seattle and Olympia, while others show it being a mixture of rain and snow.

“At this point, the uncertainty is simply too large,” Cliff Mass, a University of Washington meteorologist, said.

The National Weather Service said there should be little to no snow accumulation.

Snow levels will drop to 500-1,000 feet and temperatures remain colder than usual for February.

Right now, we’re No. 1 for coldest average temperatures in February at 35.1 degrees.

But with a little over a week left in the month, it’s unclear whether we’ll remain below the average cold temperatures of 35.6 degrees in February 1956.

The sun will return Thursday with temperatures in the mid-40s, but another system appears to be moving in Friday through Saturday.

Forecasts show more possibility for a snow and rain combination in the lowlands.

Stacia Glenn covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. She started with The News Tribune in 2010. Before that, she spent six years writing about crime in Southern California for another newspaper.

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