Forecasters were convinced any accumulations would be minor but snow was falling and sticking Monday morning across Capitol Hill and parts of Seattle. There were no immediate reports of bus changes or school closures.
The National Weather Service says the snow should change to rain later this morning but we should be ready for pockets of snowfall over the coming night and morning:
Snow levels will remain rather low (below 500 feet across
most areas from Seattle northward Monday morning and again late tonight and Tuesday morning – and around 1000 feet during the afternoon and evening hours). But to complicate things, heavier showers will locally lower the snow level and showers may contain small hail, if not snow. Snow in the lowlands, if it occurs, is not expected to accumulate as near-surface temperatures during the precipitation remains above freezing. But, heavier showers can have a way of giving a local accumulation that is impossible to pinpoint beyond an hour or two.
There has been no update yet from Seattle Public Schools. Parents are probably keeping a close watch for any delays or closures as kids are slated to return to school after the district’s mid-winter break.
Tonight in Seattle: overturned butane tanker followed by whiteout sleet conditions. Yep, I don't like Mondays. pic.twitter.com/pVqknp4VTk
— Tim Durkan (@timdurkan) February 27, 2017
UPDATE 3:50 PM: #THUNDERSNOW. One of those unpredictable pockets produced a few bolts of lightning, hail, and fluffy snowflakes in miserable, cold, wet mix that is expected to continue through the already mangled evening commute. Meanwhile, we’re getting reports of vehicles stuck on some of Capitol Hill’s slopes including Pine at 14th, and Madison at 19th.
A rare lightning strike at the Needle! Wild weather blowing through the city – stay safe, Seattle! pic.twitter.com/19bpMs97FO
— Space Needle (@space_needle) February 27, 2017