After strong winds, storm to bring heavy snow to mountains

KING 5's Alex Rozier reporting

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The first part of the storm was all about the strong winds. Now we're tracking feet of snow in the mountains as ski resorts prepare to open for the season.

After winds created powerful wind gusts throughout Western Washington early in the week, Wednesday should be a little better but still see breezy winds and a lot of showers.

Temperatures look to hover in the 40s over the next couple of days as colder air begins to slowly move in. With that being said, our snow level will drop to 3000 ft on Wednesday. The heaviest rain will begin to taper off late in the day on Wednesday.

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We won't see a huge break in this pattern, but there will be a lull on Thursday and Friday as we're in-between storms. A weak area of high pressure will move through on Friday for a quiet day with a little sun and only a couple of showers. This is when you should get out and about if you can. 

However, the break is brief! A warm front moves in on Saturday and stalls over us through most of with weekend, possibly setting up an atmospheric river. We should see the rain let up late in the weekend or start next week.

One person was killed and several others were injured Monday in the storm. A woman died after a tree fell on a car near Renton. A 15-year-old girl was also hospitalized after a tree fell on a mobile home near Port Orchard.

In Snohomish, a neighbor called Chuck and Tammie Fuda to tell them about the storm damage at their home on 188th Street Southeast.

The husband and wife were at work when a massive tree came crashing down on their home during Monday's storms. But the couple's pets were inside when it happened.

They rushed home to check on their animals.

"Our dog was in the room where the tree fell," said Chuck.  "She was trapped in her kennel.  I'm just happy she didn't get hurt."

The tree also took down several power lines and knocked out power to the neighborhood.  Snohomish PUD crews spent several hours working to restore power to the area.

The Fuda family and their pets are now staying at a hotel, and preparing for what will likely be a lengthy cleanup at their home.

"It'll be a struggle but we'll manage," said Tammie.  "We get through a lot."

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