Puget Sound-area residents might wake to snow flurries on Wednesday, but they're expected to turn into rain by midday.
Commuters could very well wake up to flurries of snow Wednesday morning, but they need not panic; it’s not expected to accumulate in most places, according to the National Weather Service.
It snowed briefly in Seattle on Tuesday afternoon, and Johnny Burg, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said Seattle could be one of the pockets that sees snow flurries Wednesday morning.
There were reports of 1 to 2 inches of snow on the ground at several locations in Pierce and Thurston counties on Tuesday. In addition, Burg said, the weather service received reports of 4 inches of snow in Enumclaw and Eatonville and one report of 7.5 inches at a location east of Issaquah with an altitude of 1,375 feet.
The Hood Canal area, where a winter-storm watch was in effect Tuesday evening, could be one of the few regions where snow could linger. Burg said residents in some places could see as much as 6 inches by Wednesday.
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Temperatures are expected to creep up throughout the region on Wednesday, he said, and the precipitation will “all turn to rain by noon or later.”
By Wednesday night, he said, temperatures should rise to about 40 degrees, and Thursday should be breezy and rainy but warmer with a high near 50 degrees.