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December 17, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Winds easing, maybe a bit of snow in Seattle overnight

This is one of two large boats, a Bayliner 3988, that sank overnight at the Kirkland Marina as a result of the strong winds blowing through the area overnight and this morning. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Strong winds that cut power to thousands in Western Washington were easing Monday morning, but another storm expected Monday night could bring snow as low as sea level.

“We could see some snow, but in the Puget Sound area, locations that see snowfall probably won’t see it stick around for very long,” said Steve Reedy of the Weather Service.

But particularly in the higher elevations, snow could linger long enough to pose challenges for the Tuesday morning commute.

The forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of precipitation in the Seattle area overnight, with the possible accumulation of a half-inch of snow in the Seattle area.

Reedy said the snow level will drop close to sea level after midnight, but rise to 500 to 1,000 feet by late Tuesday morning.  Tuesday evening brings another chance for a half-inch of lowland snow, according to the forecast.

Gusts of 60 mph an hour were recorded on the Washington Coast early Monday. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport had sustained winds of 32 miles an hour and gusts of 59 miles an hour, but in most areas close to the city, winds were less severe. Boeing Field had sustained winds of 23 miles an hour and gusts of 39 mph.

The storm brought high winds, heavy mountain snow and power outages in south King and Thurston counties.

Blizzard-like conditions hit the Cascades. Snow accumulations from the storm that started Sunday are likely to total 2 to 3 feet by Tuesday morning, according to the Associated Press.

The strong winds knocked out power for about 8,000 Puget Sound Energy customers in south King County and Thurston County.

Fallen trees closed Highway 410 east of Enumclaw near Bridge Lamp Rd.

At 7 a.m. Monday, Seattle City Light had 8,800 customers without power, primarly in Southeast Seattle and the Tukwila area.  The utility

Seattle City Light encourages people to prepare for power outages. If you experience an outage, call 206-684-7400 to report it. You can all go to City Light’s System Status Map or its mobile site for outage information. Additional preparedness tips are available at the Take Winter by Storm site.



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