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Snow melts in Seattle's University District, January 2020.
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It did not snow in Seattle last night. Yes, school is still closed

Seattle was giddy. Double buses were pulled off routes. School was canceled, before a single flake dropped.

And then it didn’t snow. Instead, it warmed up. Here’s what happened.

According to the National Weather Service, which had an overnight team tweeting out every mercurial whim of this snowstorm (or to disappointed Seattleites, a ’nostorm), the storm evolved rapidly, which “led to lower than average confidence in the near term forecast.”

The weather service noted -- with a bit of an eye roll emoji -- that some snow had dusted Seattle. But instead of a band of cold weather dumping snow on Seattle and every community north of the city, the weather opted to move even farther north and away from the region.

Snow did fall across the Olympic Peninsula, the Kitsap Peninsula, and areas northward. Port Angeles got 18 inches.

Confidence in the Seattle snow forecast began to wane Tuesday night around 6:40 p.m., when the temperature increased to 34 degrees – not freezing.

By 9 p.m., the weather report said that Seattle was on the “southern fringe of possible accumulating snow.”

We learned that there would be snow near the border with Canada (Were we supposed to cheer for them?).

At 9:44 p.m. Seattle Public Schools sent an email/phone/text blast: No school due to possibly maybe treacherous road conditions.

Some parents thanked them on Twitter for thinking of safety, while others were conspicuously annoyed:

Spokesperson Tim Robinson explained the district's thinking to KUOW senior producer Jason Pagano:

"We look at many, many factors when we make these kinds of decisions," Robinson said. "The forecast is one of those factors. Last night, that was a big red flag. As you know, the forecast was very foreboding for not just the Seattle area, but much of western Washington."

Robinson said that families aren't the only ones being considered: Teachers, staff, and bus drivers live throughout the region where there was actual snow.

For parents looking for somewhere to go Wednesday, the libraries are open at the usual time.

The weather service's 10 p.m. Situation Report revealed that snow had skipped over Seattle like a Republican presidential candidate on a fundraising mission.

"It was a battle of who was gonna get it and who wasn't, and it turns out that Seattle was part of the have-not crowd, as most of the snow was focused well to our north and to our northwest, up near the Olympic Peninsula," Dustin Guy with the National Weather Service told KUOW Wednesday morning.

Here’s what’s ahead now, according to the weather service: Strong winds developing on Wednesday afternoon, peaking Wednesday evening and decreasing on Thursday morning.

"Our chances of getting snowfall, additional, on top of what we've had in the Seattle area are quickly waning," Guy said Wednesday morning. "We might see some rain snow mix at some point (Wednesday) but in terms of accumulation of snowfall I think we're pretty much done."

Cliff Mass, the thinking man’s meteorologist, would say he warned you. “There is uncertainty on the exact location of the snow band ... so keep that in mind,” he wrote on his blog on Tuesday.