EVERETT — Snow snarled traffic and caused school closures and delays on Monday, and a bit more was expected Tuesday before temperatures warm.
Snowfall on Tuesday shouldn’t add up to much, said Doug McDonnal, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle. Still, the timing was expected to be troublesome. Up to an inch of snow was anticipated in the Everett area during Tuesday morning’s commute.
For the rest of the week, people can anticipate cloudy days with rain showers, weather service meteorologist Chris Burke added. Temperatures are expected range from the mid-30s to the upper 40s. That’s still a few degrees colder than normal for this time of year, he said, and it’s likely to get breezy on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Typical late winter weather around here,” Burke said. “Maybe somewhat more typical than it has been.
The Puget Sound convergence zone, which brought heavy snow, particularly to Stevens Pass, is “kind of dying out,” McDonall said.
Stevens Pass saw 22 inches over a 24-hour period between Sunday and Monday afternoons.
— Stevens Pass (@StevensPass) February 26, 2018
The snow wasn’t just in the mountains. On Monday, many in Snohomish County woke up to fresh snow on the ground. School districts in north and east county announced closures or delays. Arlington and Granite Falls canceled classes for Monday. The weather triggered two-hour late starts in: Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Monroe, Marysville, Snohomish, Sultan, Stanwood-Camano, Darrington and Index.
For several districts, it was at least the second weather-related disruption in the last week.
State Patrol trooper Heather Axtman urged drivers to be cautious in snowy or icy conditions. There were several crashes Monday, including a non-injury collision on southbound I-5 near Marysville that backed up traffic for miles.
“Please SLOW down and increase your following distance!” Axtman reminded people on social media.
Blocking, non injury crash SB I5 just north of 4th Street. The roadways are icy. Please SLOW down and increase your following distance! pic.twitter.com/mU2Y8uznN7
— Trooper H. Axtman (@wspd7pio) February 26, 2018
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