A mix of rain and snow expected to fall in the Puget Sound lowlands early Thursday and late Friday probably won't accumulate.

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Snow, again? It’s possible, but the Seattle-area forecast for the next few days may call more for umbrellas than snow shovels.

A mix of rain and snow expected to fall in the Puget Sound lowlands early Thursday and late Friday probably won’t accumulate, according to the National Weather Service.

“It’s a little late in the year to see accumulating lowland snow,” National Weather Service meteorologist Danny Mercer said Tuesday evening. “But it can happen.”

Seattle’s hilltops could see a light dusting at the end of the week, Mercer said, thanks to a cold air mass moving eastward from the coast.

The forecast calls for snow levels to drop to about 800 feet Wednesday night and to about 200 feet Thursday.

More snow could fall around Seattle early next week, but Mercer said it’s too soon to talk about how much the area may get. The weather service’s Seattle seven-day forecast predicts a chance of snow showers Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

If snow were to fall on the lowlands late this week, “It would melt quickly,” Mercer said.

The pavement is too warm for the snow to stick around, Mercer said, and Friday’s high is expected to be near 42 degrees.

For a better chance of snow, look to the mountains.

Weather service meteorologist Doug McDonnal said Snoqualmie Pass saw a couple of inches of snow on Tuesday, and Mercer said about 1 to 3 inches should fall each day this week in the Cascades.

Olivia Bobrowsky: 206-464-3195 or obobrowsky@seattletimes.com