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SEATTLE A series of thunderstorms dumped rain and hail on some areas around Puget Sound on Tuesday afternoon.

Dozens of lightning strikes were recorded and hail the size of marbles fell in Gig Harbor and Port Orchard.

Gas was shut offin Woodinville after a tree fell near a meter.

The risk of thunderstorms will continue through Wednesday and a cold front will bring more snow to the mountains, said KING 5 forecaster Keisha Burns. Latest forecast

The snow could be heavy at times with anywhere from six to 16 inches of new snow possible by Wednesday morning.

Cool, showery air will remain over the state on Wednesday for showers, but also a few sun breaks with highs around 50.

On Thursday, St. Patrick s Day, looks drier with sun breaks and only a slight chance of a shower, said Burns.

Friday will probably see more showers as the next storm moves through.

Over the weekend we should see a mix of sunshine and clouds with only a few showers around with highs near 50, said Burns.

Spring arrives officially on Sunday.

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