Morning traffic moves through falling snow Thursday morning along Colby Ave. in Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Morning traffic moves through falling snow Thursday morning along Colby Ave. in Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Say it ain’t snow: up to 3 inches could fall before rain

Morning snow greeted Snohomish County commuters but should turn to rain by the afternoon.

EVERETT — Like a horror movie villain, snow was back Thursday morning to harry winter-weary people around Western Washington.

The pall the new snowfall created was felt after February snow storms dumped several inches that lingered because of freezing temperatures.

Between 1 and 3 inches were forecast to pile up. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Arlington, Everett, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood and Marysville. That means there will be impacts from snow, but they shouldn’t be severe.

But beyond the morning commute, people shouldn’t worry about any major challenges, National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Burke said.

“It is going to end, though,” he said, estimating that Snohomish County should see the usual gray skies around 10 a.m.

Side streets could see some accumulation, Burke said, but arterial roads should be their regular, seasonal wet selves.

“It’s kind of a wet snow that will probably go away,” he said. “We’re not looking at another six-inch event that lingers for days.”

Later this evening, with temperatures in the upper 20s and mid-30s, scattered rain could turn to snow. That’s expected to dissipate by Friday morning and into Saturday.

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