SEATTLE A cold system moving down from Alaska could bring some lowland snow to the Puget Sound area by the end of the week.
Wednesday saw rain, wind and even snow in some parts of the Seattle area and KING 5 Meteorologists say this is just the beginning. Check current conditions
Gusts in Anacortes reached 40 mph and 45 mph in Friday Harbor. Strong enough to keep many people inside for the night.
We've only lived here nine months and all we've seen is winter. For the last nine months. Even in July, so it doesn't seem that much different to us, said Scott Gudmundsen. The Gudmundsens moved to Washington from California in January and they're slowly adjusting to the weather.
Winds earlier Wednesday were strong enough to knock out power to about 3,300 people in the Freeland area and about 900 customers without power in the Oakville area. There were also a small number of outages scattered throughout Snohomish and King counties.
The winds are expected to die down around midnight.
Meanwhile, in the passes, precipitation is likely to begin as snow, changing to rain at Snoqualmie Pass and mixed snow and rain at Stevens and White passes as the snow level rises.
A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday for the west slopes of the central and northern Cascades. Accumulations of up to two feet are possible in the higher elevations. More closures are expected for Thursday as snow continues.
The North Cascades Highway in Whatcom County is closed, with up to 2 feet of snow expected to fall in the area.
The state Department of Transportation says the road could re-open on Monday.
Two ski resorts are expected to open in time for the weekend. Mount Baker plans to open on Friday and Crystal Mountain also plans to open Friday with limited operations.
Officials say they need another foot of snow to guarantee a Friday opening.
By Thursday night, snow levels could possibly drop as low as 800 to 1000 feet, and we'll see snow mainly on hills 10 or more miles inland from the Sound.
A few spots that may see some snow would include Tiger, Cougar or Squak mountains.
Any snow would be wet and slushy, said KING 5 Meterologist RichMarriott.
Lower elevations will see rain showers.
On Friday, showers will diminish, but cool air will remain, which means the threat of spotty wet snow will remain on inland hills, especially during the morning.
Likely snow levels would be 600 to 1000 feet, said Marriott. However, the air mass will be drying out so showers should pretty much end by later Friday with partly to mostly sunny skies over the weekend, though there could be some spotty rain showers or flurries near the water north of Everett Saturday.
Temperatures will remain cool with highs in the upper 30s to mid 40s.
Starting Monday a series of storms move through on into the Thanksgiving holiday, said Marriott.
It looks wet off and on with highs in the mid- to upper-40s and snow levels running from about 2,000-4,000 feet, he said.
Marriott says it doesn't look like any severe weather around the Thanksgiving holiday.