Some folks locally had to wait for spring, which started Wednesday, to see snow in 2013. Shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday rain turned to a slushy snow mix as soccer players practiced at Woodinville Fields.
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And the National Weather Service forecast predicts snow could actually fall in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park Thursday:
"Rain and snow showers likely before 11am, then rain showers. Some thunder is also possible. Snow level 400 feet rising to 1000 feet. High near 46. Calm wind becoming north northwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no snow accumulation expected."
The agency also issued another special weather statement Wednesday:
The strong low pressure system affecting western Washington will move inland later (Wednesday night). Winds will decrease as a much colder air mass filters into the area. A colder and showery air mass will remain in place through Friday morning with snow levels falling to 500 feet and occasionally to near sea-level. Showers could produce quick accumulations of an inch that will melt quickly during the day.
A Puget Sound convergence zone is also expected to be active through the end of the week. Multiple convergence zones could affect the urban corridor from Seattle north to Whatcom County through Thursday afternoon. The convergence zone may drift farther south toward Seattle and Tacoma areas by later Thursday night and Friday morning. Areas that get a persistent convergence zone could see localized accumulations of 2 or 3 inches - mainly away from the water. Hilltops above a couple hundred feet and the east Puget Sound lowlands east of Bellevue will have the best chance of some light snow accumulation.
In addition, temperatures will be unseasonably cold. Low temperatures will be in the 30s Thursday morning, cooling into the mid-20s to lower 30s Friday and Saturday mornings. The coldest temperatures will occur in outlying areas and the usual cold pockets such as Olympia, Shelton and Bremerton. It is possible a couple record low temperatures could be reached.
A slow moderating trend is expected over the weekend.