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December 28, 2010 at 8:45 AM

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Snow possible, but likely spotty and sparse

Posted by Jack Broom

Yes, there is a chance of snow in the forecast.

But back away from that panic button: If the Puget Sound area does get snow in the next 24 hours, it will likely wait until after midnight to fall, may be confined to a few spotty “convergence zones” and is unlikely to add up to much more than an inch – maybe two inches in the Cascade foothills.

“In no case are the amounts very heavy,” said Jay Albrecht, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “It’s not going to be anything like we had before Thanksgiving, if people remember that.”

Yes, we bet they do.

Because the forecast calls for showers, not widespread and prolonged precipitation, it’s hard to predict exactly who’ll get snow. Albrecht said some areas that could see snow are south and southeast Snohomish County, Cascade foothill communities such as North Bend and possibly Issaquah, and Tacoma and areas southeast of it.

And here’s an oddity: Sea-Tac hit what’s expected to be its high temperature for the day, 48, before 2 a.m. Tuesday, and the temperature dropped gradually for the next several hours, to 45 by 8 a.m. Tuesday night’s low is expected to be right around freezing.

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