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January 18, 2012 at 8:47 AM

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4 inches of snow has fallen in the Seattle area

By mid-morning, up to 4 inches of snow had fallen around the Seattle area, with several more inches expected before the snowfall begins to taper Wednesday afternoon, according to the Weather Service.

Some areas are reporting lower amounts, but the snow continues to fall.

Meteorologist Brad Colman said the heaviest amount of snow reported was in the Napavine area of Lewis County, where readings of 16 to 19 inches were reported by 8:30 a.m., and snow was continuing to fall.

Olympia had about 10 inches and Tacoma had 8 inches by that time. Farther north, the snowfall was lighter, with 2 to 4 inches in the San Juan Islands.

"We have widespread snow over pretty much all of Western Washington," Colman said, The only exceptions was state's southwest corner, in Pacific County, where the snow had switched to rain.

Temperatures in the Central Puget Sound area may stay just below freezing during the day Wednesday, dipping into the 20s Wednesday night.

Thursday is expected to bring a mix of rain and snow as the region gradually warms, and by Friday, rain is expected throughout the area as temperatures climb into the 40s.


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