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January 17, 2012 at 10:00 AM

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Less snow in the forecast? It's 'evolving.'

How much snow could fall in the Seattle area Wednesday now appears to anybody's best guess.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service on Monday predicted between 6 and 14 inches to fall, the heaviest snowfall in decades. This morning, though, meterologist Allen Kam said that the area should expect between 5 and 10 inches.

Kam said the forecast is rapidly evolving.

"It's really tricky. There are so many factors that go into creating snow in the area. It's not possible to know for sure until the very last minute," he said.

The only known factor is that Seattle and nearby communites should still prepare for "a significant" amount of snow.

Meteorologist Dana Felton had said earlier that if 10-inches of snow fall in Seattle it would be an amount the region hasn't seen since 1996.

Much of the city is getting a break before the storm this morning, Felton said. Snow showers we're seeing now will continue into the evening in outlying areas.

"Today, nothing much is going on. We still have some snow showers going on, mostly in the Central and South Sound," Felton said.

Temperatures in much of the region today will remain in the 30s.

"The big event comes tomorrow," Felton said. "Snow will start here in the metro area at 4 in the morning and taper off in the evening hours (Wednesday)," Felton said.

Another quick blast will hit the region Thursday morning, Felton said. But by Thursday afternoon the snow will turn to rain.


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