Snow, cold expected to stick

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City of Walla Walla employee Don Lechner rolls a fire hydrant toward the back of a city truck driven by coworker Greg Palmer (not pictured) as the two clear the sidewalk of the debris after a vehicle knocked the hydrant off at the corner of East Isaacs Avenue and Roosevelt Street on slick snow and ice coated roads Monday morning. Monday, November 22, 2010

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A man waits for a tow after his vehicle slid off the road and high-centered on an embankment at the curve where East Rose Street turns in to Isaacs Avenue Monday morning. The driver said he was driving for snow, not ice but was happy to have avoided the telephone pole. Monday, November 22, 2010

The National Weather Service says today's snow will be followed by a cold streak statewide. After an expected 5 to 8 inches of snow today locally,overnight lows are expected to linger around zero.

Snow is expected to continue in the Walla Walla area Tuesday morning, then stay away until at least Black Friday. As the snow stops, the mercury will drop, the weather service says, with slight warming - but not above freezing - forecast for Wednesday and Thanksgiving.

The snow in parts of Western Washington has prompted the Transportation Department to de-ice some bridges and overpasses.
Forecasters expect 1-to-3 inches of snow this afternoon between Olympia and Portland, but no accumulations in the Seattle area.

Clearing skies Tuesday are expected to drop Western Washington temperatures below freezing, too, but a new front is expected to bring warmer temperatures and rain for Thanksgiving Day.

Blowing snow is forecast today for parts of eastern Washington with heavy snow in southeast Washington.
The Transportation Department reports snow and ice Monday morning on Snoqualmie, Stevens and White passes.

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