WENATCHEE — Much of North Central Washington was coated in snow this morning. Beautiful to see. Not so pleasant to drive in. Morning commuters got their first taste of winter driving conditions as wet snow turned slick on higher elevation roads.
Wenatchee received about an inch of snow that stuck on lawns, but didn’t pose a problem for drivers. Leavenworth and Winthrop weather spotters reported 4 inches of snow. Some areas farther east, including Ephrata got nearly 5 inches.
Temperatures are expected to warm well above freezing in the Wenatchee Valley today with no additional chances of snow through the week, said Greg Koch, forecaster for the National Weather Service.
“It will be warming up some, but we’re not looking at any heat wave by any stretch of the imagination,” Koch said.
High temperatures should gradually rise to the upper 40s and the low 50s through Friday when another, milder, weather system is forecast to move into the area bringing rain rather snow, at least to lower areas, he said.
Winter driving conditions should be expected on mountain passes through Tuesday, with a break Wednesday and Thursday, and returning by Friday.