The mountains are getting their first big snowfall of the season.

With the snow level dropping as low as 3,500 feet overnight Monday, as much as 20 inches of snow may fall in the Cascades by Tuesday morning.

Stevens Pass could get up to 5 inches. On Monday, traction tires were advised on Stevens Pass.

On the Olympic range, the heaviest snow will fall on the west facing slopes.

A winter storm warning is in effect through 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Crystal Mountain on Monday said the early-season storm dropped just enough snow for them to open upper mountain to skiers for one day only. When they announced that the first 51 people to buy a ticket onlinewould be allowed on the gondola, their ticketing system crashed, so they announced an alternative system via their Facebook page.

The road to Artist Point at Mount Baker was closed for the winter, according to Washington State Department of Transportation. The earlier recorded closure of the treacherous stretch of road was Sept. 27, 2007.

Travel may become difficult in the higher Cascades (above 4,500 feet).

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