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An overnight storm dumped one to three inches of snow across the eastern part of Pierce and King counties.
However, few major problems were reported because of the snowfall. Puget Sound Energy reported scattered power outages in Orting, Buckley, South Prairie, Yelm, Issaquah, Duvall, Carnation and Sammamish. Assessors have been dispatched to look at the damage.
A Washington State Patrol dispatcher said there were a few minor collisions along the State Route 702. A tree briefly blocked Mountain Highway East near Ohop Valley Road East on early Friday.
The snow has already started to melt and should not be around too long. The forecast calls for temperatures in the low 40s today, said Naeemah Cushmeer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle.
The snow came Tuesday night and early Wednesday as colder air moved into the area and temperatures dropped, turning the rain into snow.
"We were pretty much expecting it," Cushmeer said Friday morning. "It was basically a timing issue."
The Cascade mountains got a heavier dumping of snow. About a foot was reported at Crystal Mountain as of 6 a.m. Wednesday. Paradise reported seven to eight inches, Snoqualmie Pass seven inches and Stevens Pass six to seven inches, Cushmeer said.