A wintry storm is forecast to drop between 2 to 4 inches of snow in the Seattle metro area Thursday.

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Forecasters are predicting that the Seattle metro area could see as much as 4 inches of snow when a wintry storm creeps into the area Thursday.

With freezing temperatures in place, the precipitation is expected to begin Thursday afternoon and last for several hours, says Dustin Guy, National Weather Service meteorologist. Estimates put the accumulation between 2 to 4 inches, Guy said.

How long the snow will remain is not known, but forecasters expect the snow to transition to rain by Friday. With temperatures expected to climb into the upper 40s, the combination of melting snow and rain could lead to slushy roadways.

“We’re expecting it to be a fairly messy situation,” Guy said.

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Seattle residents aren’t alone in bracing for a round of wintry weather. The storm is expected to bring snow to all of Western Washington, Guy said.

Residents of Hood Canal could see 6 inches, and at least a foot is expected in the mountain passes, Guy said.