Winter’s last gasp? Snow here and gone

Warming trend in the forecast for several days ahead

Grayson Haag, 3, helps make a small snowman Thursday morning from his home on Peabody Street. His mom, Amber Garbrick, helped with the fun in the snow. (Dave Logan/for Peninsula Daily News)

Grayson Haag, 3, helps make a small snowman Thursday morning from his home on Peabody Street. His mom, Amber Garbrick, helped with the fun in the snow. (Dave Logan/for Peninsula Daily News)

Light snowfall on the North Olympic Peninsula overnight Wednesday quickly melted on Thursday.

A weak storm brought 1.5 to 2 inches of snow to Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend and the Quilcene area, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle. No snow was measured at the Quillayute Airport near Forks.

Sequim and Port Angeles school districts delayed classes on Thursday for two hours.

The snow was mostly gone by late afternoon.

Hurricane Ridge at 5,242 feet reported a total accumulation of 54 inches — 4.5 feet — of snow at the sensor on Thursday morning. The Hurricane Ridge Road is expected to be open today through Sunday.

Sunshine is forecast for today. A slight chance of snow on Saturday morning “shouldn’t really amount to anything,” said Jacob DeFlitch, meteorologist with the NWS Seattle office.

After that, varying chances of lowland rainfall and mountain snow are forecast across the Peninsula for the foreseeable future as weather systems cross the region.

Temperatures, which had dipped below freezing recently, are expected to gradually warm into the upper 30s or low 40s over the next few days, DeFlitch said.

Morning lows are likely to stay in the upper 20s, however, according to the NWS website at weather.gov.

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Executive Editor Leah Leach can be reached at 360-417-3530 or at lleach@peninsuladailynews.com.

As a bright sun shines on a snow-garlanded Haller Fountain, Port Townsend City Engineer Laura Parsons makes her way to work Thursday morning. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

As a bright sun shines on a snow-garlanded Haller Fountain, Port Townsend City Engineer Laura Parsons makes her way to work Thursday morning. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

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