April showers bring wintry mix before May flowers

April 27, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 7:15 p.m. April 27, 2011

Issaquah Highlands residents reported wintry mix pelting the neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, as a springtime front rolled into the region.

National Weather Service meteorologists issued a hazardous weather outlook for the Western Washington interior lowlands. The potential for snow also re-enters the forecast Wednesday night.

The snow level is expected to plummet to near 500 feet late Wednesday behind a vigorous front. Forecasters said the potential exists for a dusting or up to 1 inch of snow in places higher than 500 feet. The snow should not stick to roads or pose a problem for motorists.

Meteorologists expect the air mass should become unstable on Thursday, creating the potential for isolated thunderstorms and hail. Stronger thunderstorms could produce dime-size hail or large quantities of hail on the ground.

Residents should expect conditions to improve gradually Thursday night and Friday as the air mass stabilizes and higher air pressure moves over the region.

Snowfall blanketed Issaquah and surrounding areas — especially neighborhoods in the Issaquah Highlands and on Cougar, Squak and Tiger mountains — late April 6 and early April 7. Surprised residents reported about 1 inch of snow accumulation in some places.

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