Winter Storm Warning issued for mountains through Sunday morning

WESTERN WASHINGTON — A strong weather system arrived in western Washington Friday night and into Saturday with heavy mountain snow along with rain and strong winds in lowland areas.


That weather system produced sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph but also brought snow to the mountains, which caused a Winter Storm Warning to be issued in the mountains through Sunday morning. This will be the heaviest snow event of the season so far for the Cascades and Olympics with one to three feet of new snow — including all the mountain passes.

Pass closures are expected at times late Saturday night through the weekend. A total of 18-36 inches of snow is expected to fall in the Cascades through Sunday.

And although the snow will continue through Sunday, the mountains are not expected to get hit as hard as Saturday. Traveling through the passes will still be very difficult though.

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Overnight there could be a few snowflakes mixed in with the rain to start Sunday with scattered showers throughout the day. The rain will taper off in the lowlands as the day goes but there could be a chance for an isolated thunderstorm around the region in the afternoon and evening.

The highs for the day are expected to be in the 40s in the lowlands.

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Starting Monday, it is expected to be chilly, taking us into the end of the week with lows in the 30s and highs in the low 40s around the lowlands.

While moisture looks pretty meager, snow levels will likely be below 1,000 feet, especially in the overnight and morning hours. Some snow could fall along with rain at times. While significant accumulations aren’t expected, that is subject to change if moisture becomes more robust.