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What's next: Mostly rain headed to Puget Sound Tuesday

More rain than snow headed to Western Washington Tuesday!
Credit: Bernhard, James

Monday’s sunshine was a nice break from our wintry weather pattern, but another weather system is headed our way Tuesday. Fortunately, it is weak and a little warmer.

Afternoon showers will be mainly in the convergence zone between Seattle and Everett.

It will be more snow for the mountains today. Expect between three and six inches of new snow in the Cascades and Olympics between now and Wednesday morning.

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By Wednesday, a much warmer Pacific storm moves in bringing rainfall to everyone below 2,000 feet. It will be a blustery day as well. The mountains will continue to pile up the snow, however, so plan accordingly if driving over the Cascades.

Snow Accumulations - UW High-Resolution Forecast

Storm Positions as of 6 p.m. Monday - UW High Resolution Forecast

Related: See the forecast for your zip code here

Mountain Snow

The mountains received anywhere from one to three feet of new snow over the weekend, but the snow showers will end this morning and even the mountains should see a little afternoon sunshine with snow levels rising to 1,500 feet this afternoon.

An avalanche on Stampede Pass claimed the life of an Issaquah man and injured three others on Sunday. Another avalanche near Alpental at Snoqualmie Pass killed two teens, one 17 the other 18.

Another snow slide on SR 20 near milepost 122.5 left up to 60 people stuck behind the road closure Sunday. Cell phone video captured that avalanche in motion.

WSDOT says the snow slide is estimated to be 25 – 30 feet high and about 300 feet wide. Crews began reassessing the slide area on Monday, but believe it will be Wednesday before both lanes of SR 20 are open to traffic again.

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    Cold weather records

    Western Washington broke four temperature records last Friday:

    • Olympia: 16 degrees (Old record 20 degrees in 2005)
    • Bellingham: 19 degrees (Old record 22 degrees in 1952)
    • Hoquiam: 24 degrees (Old record 27 degrees in 2017)
    • Quillayute: 22 degrees (Old record 25 degrees in 2017)

    Futurecast (click here if viewing in the app)

    Travel Trouble

    The National Weather Service said if you must travel during snow conditions, a keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

    Related: Seattle area traffic map

    You can get the latest road conditions by calling 511.

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