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‘Major change’ in forecast means another 2 inches of snow could fall in Tacoma

Icy roads and a few inches of snow in the Puget Sound area caused a messy commute and several schools to close or be delayed Tuesday.

Forecasters warned the snow will continue through the morning and another storm is expected to move through tonight, though additional snowfall doesn’t look to fall until after the evening commute.

“The forecast has changed rapidly over the last 12 hours - and may change more,” the National Weather Service said, adding that a “major change” in the forecast happened overnight.

Although most school closures were north of Pierce County, Sumner-Bonney Lake School District announced its schools wouldn’t open Tuesday.

Another 17 schools in Pierce County opted to start at least two hours late to account for the icy roads.

You can see the list here.

A winter weather advisory is in effect in the Tacoma area until 10 a.m. with another two inches of snow possible.

Cities also listed in the advisory include Fife, DuPont, Puyallup, Spanaway, Gig Harbor and Fox Island.

Troopers warned that roads may look clear but below freezing temperatures could mean ice.

Eastbound Interstate 90 shut down at milepost 106 about 5:45 a.m. due to a jack-knifed semi truck, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. There is no estimate for when the freeway will reopen.

Although temperatures hovered in the 20s early Tuesday, the high for the day is 35 and forecasters said the sun might even peep out later.

Brace yourselves for yet another storm Wednesday night, and this one could bring strong wind gusts.

Rain returns Thursday and looks to hang around through the weekend.

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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.
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