Showers and wind are expected throughout the Puget Sound Wednesday, along with heavy snow in the mountains.

From mid to late afternoon, we'll have a chance of thunder or ice pellet showers. Northern Puget Sound, including Camano and Whidbey islands have already experienced some thundershowers. Highs will be near 50.

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Peak wind speeds could reach 45 mph around the Sound, and up to 55 possible north of Everett, through the Strait and along the coast.

With wind gusts expected to increase late Wednesday afternoon and into the evening, there is potential for local power outages. The strongest gusts will be from Lynnwood and Edmonds north.

In the mountains, a winter storm warning is in effect, as well as an avalanche warning. A foot of snow or more could fall at or above the snow level of 4,000 feet. The mountains are expected to get another foot or so of snow, and the rain at Snoqualmie will turn to snow by early evening.

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Thursday, the snow level will drop, possibly as low as 500 feet. Precipitation will be more persistent in the convergence zone north of Seattle, with some snowfall possible. The isn't likely to accumulate.

The highest potential for snow will be later Thursday morning or in the afternoon, especially in the foothills, north King County, and most of Snohomish County. However, with lows overnight expected to stay above freezing, the potential for accumulation is minimal.

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A few thunderstorms are also possible in the convergence zone.

The weather is expected to dry out after Thursday, with sunbreaks Friday and dry weather likely by Sunday. Highs over the weekend will be near 50.

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