The weather in Washington is set to be windy and rainy for the first day of Spring on Wednesday, with heavy mountain snow.

Peak speeds are likely to begin developing after 9 or 10 p.m. Tuesday with gusts to 30 or 35 mph over the Sound, and up to 45 or 50 north of Everett, through the Strait and along the coast. Lows will remain in the low to mid 40s.

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On Wednesday from mid to late afternoon, we'll have a chance of thunder or ice pellet showers.

Gusty winds will re-develop late in the afternoon, with gusts to 50 mph possible mainly north of Mukilteo. Highs near 50.

In the mountains, a winter storm warning goes into effect tonight. A foot of snow or more could fall through Wednesday morning. This would include most passes except Snoqualmie Pass, where either rain or a rain/snow mix will be likely.

The showers should diminish Thursday, but a few thunderstorms are possible north of Seattle in a Puget Sound Convergence Zone.

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Spring officially starts at 4:02 a.m. Wednesday.

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