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Snow falling and sticking in Everett area

A hint of winter to end wet, warm year

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By Eric Stevick
Herald Writer
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Snow was falling on Everett on Wednesday morning, but sun is forecast to greet the new year, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.
The area from Everett south to Seattle was expected to get an inch or two of snow by noon, weather service forecaster Jay Albrecht said. As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, there was already at least a couple inches of snow on the ground in the Mill Creek area.
Despite the snow, metro Puget Sound is better off than much of the state.
Mountain snowfall is predicted to continue, and Eastern Washington drivers can expect more snow, along with high winds that could create visibility problems and challenging road conditions.
State Department of Transportation workers were gearing up for snow around the Puget Sound region today and across the state, Alice Firman, a spokeswoman for the agency, said Tuesday.
“All of our crews will be out,” she said.
There could be some slush on roadways, but it should be a fairly “friendly snow” with light accumulations on grass, roofs and car tops, Albrecht said.
It's not expected to be like the November snow that stuck around in sub-freezing temperatures for several days.
The snow this week will cap a Western Washington year that was warmer than usual in January and February, cooler and wetter than normal in the spring, average in the summer — with the exception of two heat waves — and rainy in the fall.
Rain in September and October was between 2 and 5 inches above normal.
November brought a record drop in temperatures for the month at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It hit 74 degrees Nov. 3 and plunged to 14 degrees three weeks later.
Windstorms with gusts reaching 40 mph slammed Island and Snohomish counties with unexpected fury in November, causing power outages, road closures and several close calls.
Floods hit hard in Snohomish County and much of Western Washington earlier this month. Rainfall of 6 to 11 inches in the mountains and 1 to 4 inches in the lowlands triggered flooding on two forks of the Stillaguamish River. Damage still is being tallied. The most recent Snohomish County estimate placed the price tag at about $1.3 million.
After today's snowfall, the region should dry out for a few days, with sun predicted Friday and Saturday. Daytime high temperatures are expected to reach the mid-30s, and nighttime lows are predicted in the 20s through Saturday.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.
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