Spring? Winter weather lingers

It’s April, but old man Winter hasn’t yet loosened his grip on Western Washington.

Residents across the area Thursday are reporting either hail or snow in several areas of Seattle, Kirkland and Sammamish and the National Weather Service is forecasting possibly more to come.

Scattered hail and snow are likely on the Plateau and Cascade Foothills as the snow level holds at 1300 feet, before dropping to 700 feet — and likely affecting most of Sammamish and hillside neighborhoods in Issaquah with an 80 percent chance of precipitation tonight. Temperatures will drop to just above freezing in most areas, but a steady wind will reduce the likelihood of frost forming. Gusts could reach as high as 28 mph.

On Friday, morning rain or snow is possible with the snow level dropping down to 600 feet. Daytime high temperatures are expected to stay below 50 under mostly cloudy skies. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Due to the extended period of winter weather, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has also relaxed their deadline again on removing studded winter tires from all road vehicles. The new deadline is April 17.