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Everett: Chance of a snowy commute

Prepare for a potentially messy commute to work or trip to the slopes today.

After a night of freezing temperatures, the National Weather Service is Seattle is forecasting a 60 percent chance of rain or snow this morning for much of Western and Central Washington.

Extra state transportation crews are expected to be out along the I-5 corridor from Canada to Portland, Ore., today to combat snow and black ice.

Washington State Patrol troopers are also planning to slow traffic to check for chains on vehicles crossing Snoqualmie Pass. Traction tires are advised for vehicles traveling on Stevens Pass.

Avalanche closures could cause delays over the passes, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Mill Creek: Shooting victim’s autopsy today

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office said it is expected to begin its autopsy today on the 33-year-old man who died Friday after he was shot by a Mill Creek police officer.

The man died Friday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a 20-year veteran with the department opened fire about 3:30 a.m. during an apparent car prowl in the 2600 block of 163rd Place SE.

As is routine after an officer-involved shooting, the officer was placed on paid leave during the investigation, Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Hover said.

The incident is being investigated by the Snohomish County Multi-Agency Response Team.

Stevens Pass: Body of snowmobiler found

A Kenmore man in his early 20s likely died Saturday in a snowmobiling accident west of Stevens Pass.

After combing the area in snow and sub-freezing temperatures overnight, search and rescue crews discovered the man’s body between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday morning, said Sgt. John Urquhart with the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Urquhart said the man and a friend had been riding snowmobiles near the summit Saturday when they became separated about 1 p.m.

From Herald staff reports

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