Latest snow forecast fizzles

Rain expected, snow in hills, mountains

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National Weather Service statement

The National Weather Service in Portland had this to say Monday morning:

547 AM PST MON MAR 5 2012

...COLDER WEATHER AND LOW ELEVATION SNOW POSSIBLE TONIGHT AND

EARLY TUESDAY MORNING...

A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL MOVE ACROSS SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON AND NORTHWEST

OREGON TODAY BRINGING MUCH COLDER AIR INTO THE REGION. HEAVY

PRECIPITATION WITH THE FRONT WILL DRAW THE SNOW LEVEL LOWER THAN

NORMAL DURING THE DAY TODAY AND IT IS POSSIBLE THAT SOME MIXED

RAIN AND SNOW MAY FALL AT THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE WILLAMETTE

VALLEY...CLARK COUNTY AND THE I-5 CORRIDOR.

SOME LOW ELEVATION SNOW IS POSSIBLE TONIGHT AS A WEAK DISTURBANCE

MOVES DOWN THE COAST OVER NORTHWEST OREGON AND SOUTHWEST

WASHINGTON. AT THIS TIME...MOISTURE IN THE VALLEYS APPEARS TO BE

LIMITED. SNOW SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED TO BE SPOTTY...WITH

ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO 1 INCH...MOSTLY IN THE HILLS ABOVE 200

FEET. HOWEVER...IF MOISTURE BECOMES MORE ORGANIZED AFTER MIDNIGHT...

MORE SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS ARE POSSIBLE. IN THIS EVENT...THE

EARLY TUESDAY COMMUTE COULD BE AFFECTED. SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED TO

END TUESDAY MORNING WITH TEMPERATURES WARMING INTO THE MID 40S IN

THE VALLEYS TUESDAY. THIS WOULD ALLOW ANY SNOW THAT DOES FALL TO

QUICKLY MELT FOR IMPROVING CONDITIONS DURING THE LATE MORNING.

SEATTLE (AP) — Forecasters say the latest cold front moving through Washington will bring rain showers but not too much snow, except in the mountains.

A chance of snow for Western Washington lowlands that appeared possible in Sunday's forecast had largely changed to rain by Monday. But heavy snow is expected in the Cascades with 8 to 18 inches possible by Tuesday.

Meteorologist Mike McFarland in Seattle says there's a chance of a couple of inches of snow Tuesday morning in places like Lake Stevens and Granite Falls.

Forecasters expect a windy day Monday in Eastern Washington and a chance of rain or snow showers Monday night.

By mid-week the Weather Service sees mostly clear skies across the state and highs in the 50s. McFarland says it could hit 60 Thursday in Seattle.