Sorry, Seattle-area snow lovers. Monday was your best shot at snow for a while, and it was a bust.

“It was our chance. We blew it,” said Steve Reedy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “But there’s plenty of winter to go.”

The flurries and slight accumulation of snow Monday morning in Whatcom County ultimately gave way to above-freezing temperatures, while snow on the ground elsewhere rapidly melted.

As expected, snow made an appearance by Monday morning in the Cascade and Olympic mountains, the foothills and near Bellingham, where temperatures were slightly cooler than in the rest of the Puget Sound region at 33 degrees, according to Maddie Kristell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle.

“We’re right on track with what was predicted for locations and amounts,” she said.

Mount Baker accumulated around 7 inches, and Stevens and Snoqualmie Pass saw a measly less than an inch of accumulated snow, Reedy said. While there might have been a few flurries mixed into the morning, temperatures were largely too warm for snow to form and stick.


The high temperature on Monday was 43 degrees at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and 37 degrees at Stevens Pass. Further north, Bellingham also stayed above freezing with a high around 36 degrees.

Don’t hold your breath for any snow later this week in the Seattle area, Reedy said. Lows are forecast in the high 30s and low 40s for the rest of the week.

At best, late Tuesday into Wednesday may bring just a slight chance for snow when an unsettled weather system moves into the area, Kristell said.

Though temperatures are expected to be slightly warmer Tuesday than on Monday, Kristell said we could see a repeat of Monday’s pattern with light snow in some areas and light and lingering widespread showers everywhere else.

Temperatures are expected to go back down into the mid-40s on Wednesday and lower 40s on Thursday, Kristell said.

Thursday is expected to see lingering light showers.

We should get a break in the rain on Friday, though it’s not yet clear whether that will be a sunny or cloudy day, Kristell said. But wet weather will likely resume over the weekend.