The National Weather Service is calling for rain, at least in the form of showers, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday — a stretch of wetness that follows light snow in the Puget Sound region Thursday night.
A winter-weather system with light snow pushed over the Puget Sound region overnight, kicking off a stretch of wet weather for the Seattle area throughout the weekend.
The system, moving from south to north, started traveling across the region in the late evening, dumping light snow at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport before heading to the metro area. The Seattle metro area got 1 to 3 inches of snow overnight. Areas southwest of the city, such as near Olympia, received a heavier amount, totaling at least 3 inches.
But the expected transition from snow to rain Friday morning has already begun, said Dustin Guy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
“It’s already climbed above freezing in the Seattle area,” Guy said.
Temps on Friday should reach into the lower 40s. Meteorologists expected those conditions to repeat on Saturday, and again on Sunday with precipitation at least in the form of showers, according to the weather service’s seven-day outlook.
So far this month, weather gauges at Sea-Tac Airport registered a total of 0.87 inches of precipitation before Thursday, a little more than half the normal amount at this time, according to the service.
The city’s daily record for snowfall on Dec. 8 was set in 1971 and totaled 2.2 inches, the weather service reports.