Parts of Western Washington get a dusting of snow

TACOMA -- Many parts of Western Washington were surprised by a dusting of snow Monday afternoon.

Olympia, Tacoma, Puyallup and Kent all saw snow begin hitting between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., though it didn't appear to be sticking in many places because it was mixed with rain.

Much heavier snow was forecast for the Cascades, which Q13 meteorologist Walter Kelly said could see up to 40 inches combined Monday and Tuesday.

Snow also hit much harder in Eastern Washington, where a winter storm warning was in effect.

Kelly said he didn't expect to see much snow to accumulate, though it's possible Lewis County and Hood Canal could see up to two inches. The heaviest snow is expected from Olympia south and at elevations of 500 feet or higher.

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