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Originally published February 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM | Page modified February 15, 2013 at 9:46 AM

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Holiday weekend starts with sun

The forecast calls for a partly sunny Friday in the Seattle area, but there’s a chance of rain over the holiday weekend.

Seattle Times staff reporter

Weekend forecast for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport:

Friday: Morning fog and clouds, then mostly sunny; high 52

Saturday: 80 percent chance of showers, mainly before 10 a.m.; high 47

Sunday: 30 percent chance of morning showers; then mostly sunny; high 46

Presidents Day: Rain likely; high 45

Source: National Weather Service

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If you like sunshine, try to get outside Friday.

That might be your best chance of seeing the sun during this Presidents Day weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

After the morning fog and clouds burn off, a mostly sunny afternoon is forecast with a high of 52, slightly warmer than usual for this time of year.

Over the weekend, look for cooler, damper conditions — but not necessarily a washout:

The forecast calls for morning showers on Saturday, a chance of morning showers followed by sun on Sunday, and rain likely on Presidents Day, with highs in the mid 40s each day.

Although the Puget Sound area’s weather may seem dreary at times, it’s positively benign compared to what much of the country has been dealing with, such as the three feet of snow that hit much of the Northeast in the past week.

So far, Seattle has had a good winter for snow haters. The 0.6 of an inch that fell Dec. 18 was the only measurable snow this season at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

In the same period last year, the airport had 9.6 inches of snow.

With each snow-free day, the chances diminish that Seattle commuters will have to deal with a paralyzing snowstorm this winter.

“There’s a decreasing chance of snow, but you can’t rule it out,” said Ni Cushmeer, of the National Weather Service, noting that the city has had snow in March — and even into April.

The latest into a year that measurable snow fell at the airport was April 17, 1972, when 1.2 inches was recorded.

Even though the Seattle area hasn’t been battling snow, it has been having a wetter than usual “rain year,” which starts Oct. 1.

Since that date, Sea-Tac has had 26.47 inches of rain, compared to a normal 22.68 inches for that period, and 19.05 in the same time period last year.

The area where snow has been falling is where many people might say it belongs: In the mountains.

Meagan McFadden of the state Department of Transportation said the 251 inches of snow that has fallen at Snoqualmie Pass so far this season is slightly more than usual.

Snoqualmie Pass, at about 3,000 feet, is expected to get rain on Saturday, then snow on Sunday and Monday. Higher mountain areas are forecast to get snow each day.

Jack Broom: jbroom@seattletimes.com

Seattle Times news researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this story.

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