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Snowflakes Fly in Seattle, Portland Sunday


It was a winter wonderland across the Pacific Northwest on Sunday.

Snow fell in parts of Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon on Sunday, a somewhat rare event for the two notoriously rainy cities. Both Seattle and Portland average less than seven inches of snow a year, making Sunday’s snowfall a rare event.

While snow amounts weren’t particularly high in either city – Portland had an inch of accumulation downtown as of noon Sunday and Seattle mostly saw just wet snowflakes and little or no accumulation – the flakes spurred plenty of social media buzz and slick roadways in both cities. Travel conditions are expected to be hazardous through the overnight hours as snow and a mix of freezing rain and sleet continues in both cities.

For Seattle, it marked the third trace of snowfall so far this winter season, but as of Sunday afternoon no measurable snowfall (0.1″ or greater) had officially been recorded in the city.

The light snow and ice mix is expected to linger in both cities through Monday morning, although as the sun comes up it is expected to switch over to rain in both cities, although Monday morning’s commute is expected to be slick, especially in nearby foothills where higher snow and ice amounts could particularly hamper travel.

Light rain is expected to dominate the weather picture across the coastal Northwest this week, with heavier rain expected further down the coast. Temperatures will moderate into the 40s for highs across coastal Washington and Oregon with warm air from the Pacific Ocean moving in.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Photo: @Brad_Reed_Pdx

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