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Soggy Washington weather forecast into next week

Soggy Washington weather forecast into next week

Washington residents can expect the rainy weather to continue into next week, after a possible sunbreak Friday.

Forecasters say more Pacific storm fronts are headed to the Northwest to add to recent rainfall.

The Weather Service says this has been the wettest start to March on record in Seattle. On Wednesday, 1.84 inches fell at Sea-Tac Airport, making it the seventh-wettest March day on record. March precipitation at Sea-Tac as of 4 a.m. Thursday is 3.73 inches. Normal for the entire month 3.72 inches.

By Friday morning another .25-to-1 inch of rain is forecast in the Western Washington lowlands and 1-to-3 inches in the mountains.

Showers and snow-melting mild temperatures are forecast across the state through the weekend.

Forecasters say drier weather is possible by the middle of next week.

Storm blankets Inland Northwest with snow

Storm blankets Inland Northwest with snow

The National Weather Service says the Spokane area will see more snow Monday morning before it turns to freezing rain and just rain later in the day.

The Weather Service recorded nearly 5 inches of snow at Spokane International Airport from the storm.

The city of Spokane declared a Stage 1 snow event over the weekend and asked residents to move parked cars off arterials and bus routes to help snow plows.

Significant snow also fell elsewhere in Eastern Washington and northern Idaho with amounts varying by location and elevation.

Forecasters warn that roads will remain icy and slushy before warmer air moves into the region Monday.

Cold air surging into Washington this weekend

Cold air surging into Washington this weekend

Cold air surging in Washington this weekend will remind residents it's still winter.

The National Weather Service says the Arctic air will keep temperatures below freezing in Eastern Washington and winds in some areas will drop wind chill reading below zero.

Forecasters say the cold air will spill out of the Fraser River valley bringing the chance of a second straight weekend snow storm in the Bellingham area. Snow also is possible on Western Washington hilltops as well as the mountains.

Winter reasserting itself in Washington

Winter reasserting itself in Washington

Winter is reasserting itself this weekend in Washington.

The National Weather Service says there's a chance of lowland snow in Western Washington while a surge of Arctic air will blow into Eastern Washington with the wind chill feeling as if it's well below zero.

Forecasters say the best chance of snow in Western Washington is in the Bellingham area where the cold air pushes through the Fraser River Valley.

The Weather Service expects wetter, milder weather to return next week in Western Washington. Below-normal temperatures will likely persist into early next week in Eastern Washington.

A look back at WA weather in 2013

A look back at WA weather in 2013

From WSU News:

Washington state weather could hardly make up its mind in 2013, as temperatures flipped from unusually warm to cool by the end of the year.


Spokane drivers struggle with snowy roads

Snow returned to the Inland Northwest with a vengeance Monday. Emergency crews were busy all day cleaning up crashes on the roads.

From 5 a.m. Monday until about 7:30 p.m. there were more than 150 collisions or slide-offs called into 9-1-1. Many minor slide-offs were not reported.

Snow fell during peak commute hours and slowed traffic from Grand to I-90. Along South Arthur, the smallest of slopes were too slippery for some.

"This year, this was the worst so far that I've experienced," said driver Kathy Parrott.

Washington DOT, Spokane County, and Spokane City plows worked throughout the night clearing roads as quick as they could.

The city of Spokane hesitated on calling a Stage One Snow Event, that would result in an all out plow of Spokane, because the forecast was so off.

KXLY ran into several good Samaritans helping people navigate the roads. Jonathan Seaman-Cwik and his dad helped push drivers up maple.

"There were a couple guys towing the bigger ones and then we'd just push them from behind," he said.

Kathy Parrott's front-wheel drive minivan made the trek up the South Hill twice this evening.

Snow returns to Spokane with a vengeance

Snow returns to Spokane with a vengeance

It was slick on the roads Monday, with dozens of collisions and slide-offs halting traffic around the region all afternoon.

Even though snow has been falling through most of the afternoon, as of 5 p.m. the City of Spokane was not at a Stage One Snow Event yet but that could change Monday evening.

A city spokesman said they will go to a 24-hour full city plow when there are two or more inches on the ground with another four expected. A lot of Monday's snow wasn't in the forecast so they're still making a making a decision and checking the weather patterns.

Monday morning, Spokane Mayor David Condon gave the city's overall snow removal a grade of B+. He thinks the city is improving its communication with its residents.

"We want to engage citizens and so you've seen initiatives over the last two years. How do we engage citizens so they know timely information on when they're going to get out the on the streets and so we've been focusing on that," he said.