Major snow event forecast for Washington

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The National Weather Service forecasts a little more snow on Tuesday and a lot more snow on Wednesday across Washington.

Forecasters say the snow that arrived over the holiday weekend in the Western Washington lowlands will be topped by 1-to-3 inches Tuesday and 5-to-10 inches on Wednesday, depending on the location. The snow is expected to turn to rain on Thursday with temperatures reaching the 40s.

The forecast prompted some Western Washington school districts to close Tuesday or delay opening. Transportation department trucks have been out spraying deicer and sanding roadways.

In the mountains, 1-to-2 feet of snow are forecast. Avalanche control work has already begun on Snoqualmie and Stevens passes.

Severe winter weather also is forecast in Eastern Washington Wednesday and continuing through Thursday in freezing temperatures.