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There could be snow as you’re reading this

A National Weather Service forecaster said Thursday the region’s first significant snow could fall this morning, but he didn’t expect accumulations to become a major traffic hazard.

A fast-moving cold front out of the Gulf of Alaska has enough cold air and moisture to bring snow to the valley floor, but it may not be cold enough to cause icy conditions on roadways, forecaster Matt Fugazzi said.

Accumulations of 1 to 2 inches are possible on grassy areas, but roads may see mostly slush and water, Fugazzi said.

“It’s not going to be a big snow event, and it’s not certain it’s going to stick to the roads,” he said.

Overnight lows should drop into the lower 20s tonight and Saturday night with highs over the weekend in the mid-30s.

Milder conditions return Monday, when the high could reach the upper 40s. There’s a chance of rain Monday night and Tuesday.