Chance of snow today across Mid-Columbia

By Sara Schilling, Tri-City HeraldDecember 27, 2012 

Tri-Citians took advantage of the Christmas snowfall by building snowmen and flocking to sledding spots such as Carmichael Hill in Richland.

They were smart to go out when they did.

Meteorologists were forecasting isolated snow showers overnight Wednesday, and a slight chance of snow today, but the rest of the week is looking to be free of the white stuff.

"It looks like we're going to see that being the end of most of the precipitation," said Diana Hayden of the National Weather Service in Pendleton.

Highs today are predicted to be around 35 degrees.

Tri-Citians should be on the alert for fog, though, which is expected overnight through the rest of the week.

Cloudy skies are forecast for the weekend, with lows in the mid- 20s overnight and highs in the mid-30s during the day through Sunday.

The Christmas snowfall sent city crews onto the streets Tuesday and early Wednesday to plow and salt roadways and, in some areas, to spray de-icer on streets. There were few weather-related wrecks, and those that happened generally were minor, said police officials from Richland, Pasco and Kennewick.

There was some snow accumulation. In Richland, 2.8 inches of snow was recorded Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Even more snow -- 4 inches -- was recorded west of Sunnyside.

The weather brought out Dyllan Clark, a fourth-grader at Tapteal Elementary School in West Richland, who tried out a new ski sled and safety gear on Carmichael Hill on Wednesday morning.

The sledding goodies were Christmas gifts. Dyllan was at the hill with his dad, John.

Other sledders also were there for family fun.

Carrie Millsap of Pasco braved the hill with her daughter, Rebecca. "It's a family tradition to come," Carrie Millsap said. "We come almost every year."

-- Photographer Bob Brawdy contributed to this story.

-- Sara Schilling: 582-1529;

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