What was the temperature this time last year? It was 65 degrees and we set a record on Nov. 8 for having the latest 70-plus-degree day of the year.

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Yep, it’s snowing — at least in some areas around Puget Sound. But don’t expect it to last too much longer.

Although the National Weather Service in Seattle predicted a short life for this morning’s initial snowfall, flurries have persisted through midday Friday in the Puget Sound region.

“It looked on the satellite like the showers would be moving out, but they don’t seem to want to go away,” said meteorologist Jay Albrecht.

At 1:30 p.m. he said the amended forecast showed the snow should end by the end of the day. “Things are starting to wind down a little to the west,” he said.

Meteorologist Dana Felton said earlier that the cold northerly wind that arrived early Friday caused temperatures to drop by 10 degrees in one hour at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and brought snow to “pretty much everywhere” outside Seattle. The snow caused “significant” delays at the airport, as well.

“We’re not expecting much in the way of accumulation since we’re relatively warm,” he said. The temperature at Sea-Tac shortly after 6 a.m. Friday was 34 degrees.

It’s a little bit unusual to have snow this time of year, Felton said. Last year on this date, it was 65 degrees, and set a record on Nov. 8 for having the latest 70-plus-degree day.

Felton said it’s unlikely that we’ll get enough snow on this round to make any snowmen, but it might be possible in some areas to “pack a small, slushy snowball … maybe.”

Another system, expected to arrive late Saturday or early Sunday will head inland, once again drawing cooler air from the north and bring what is likely to be a rain-snow mix, he said.

The best chance for any real snow will be in the Hood Canal area, where a possible 1-3 inches are forecast, the weather service said.

By the middle of next week, will be warmer and “we’ll be back to our regular rain,” Felton said.

Elisabeth Carroll dips her toes into the morning snowfall Friday in Bellevue. (Courtesy of Elisabeth Carroll)
Elisabeth Carroll dips her toes into the morning snowfall Friday in Bellevue. (Courtesy of Elisabeth Carroll)