Inches of snow blankets Western Washington, but not much in Tacoma

A lot of Western Washington woke up Monday to several inches of snow, but the Tacoma area avoided major snowfall, school closures and widespread power outages.

The forecast called for less than a half inch of snow after 10 a.m. By 10 a.m., 0.2 inches had fallen.

“If you haven’t seen snow yet (like between Seattle and Olympia), chances aren’t looking so hot,” according to the National Weather Service.

About 2 inches fell in the Seattle area overnight, and cities north of Seattle saw 3 to 8 inches of snow.

Highway 2 over Stevens Pass was closed Monday morning due to safety concerns about falling trees and snow and ice conditions, the Washington State Department of Transportation said.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord announced a two-hour late start for Monday, but few Pierce County schools seemed to be affected by the storm.

Although lowland cities in Pierce County escaped the storm, mountains did not.

The Paradise area at Mount Rainier National Park started the month with 49 inches of snow. By Monday, there were 143 inches.

Another storm with the threat of snow is forecast to move through late Wednesday.

Rain is expected to return by Thursday.

Until then, daytime temperatures in Tacoma hover around 32 degrees with nighttime lows in the upper 20s.

Stacia Glenn covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. She started with The News Tribune in 2010. Before that, she spent six years writing about crime in Southern California for another newspaper.