(11/8) Mountain snow, gusty winds for lowlands Tuesday

This evening will be dry across the area with increasing clouds. Ahead of a front that arrives early Tuesday, easterly winds will pick up in and near the Cascade foothills and a Wind Advisory is in effect for these locations like North Bend, Enumclaw, Monroe through tonight where these Cascade gap winds could top 40mph in gusts. Elsewhere, it could be breezy but winds won’t be as strong this evening. Rain arrives early Tuesday and expect a blustery and soggy morning commute. Southerly winds will buffet the area with wind gusts over 30mph to start the day, with stronger gusts across the coast and north where a Wind Advisory is up for Tuesday for gusts over 40mph in areas north/west of Everett and at the coast. Rain will taper to off-and-on downpours after the morning drive and there could be a stray thunderstorm too on Tuesday afternoon. Highs will be around 50.

Mountain snow will be heavy mainly above 3,500 feet with Stevens Pass, Mount Baker, Paradise and Hurricane Ridge receiving 6-12 inches of snow Tuesday. Snoqualmie Pass could receive a bit less if rain mixes in but travel on I-90 could  be troublesome at times on Tuesday.

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There will be a break in the action Tuesday night through most of Wednesday and we could have a little sunshine too. There is a slight chance of rain Wednesday but most areas won’t have any appreciable rain.

On Thursday, a warm front moves north with some light rain through the day at times. Heavier rain arrives Thursday night and persists through Friday, associated with an atmospheric river. This will bring more than an inch of rain to lowland locations and more to the mountains with rain all the way up to 7,000 feet in elevation. This will cause rivers to spike higher but we’ll have to see as we get closer if rivers could get close to flood stage.

We could see some drier weather around next weekend.

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