More than a foot of snow dropped on the Olympics and Central Cascades between Monday and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Just as much, if not more, could fall again in Cascade areas above 4,000 feet by Wednesday morning.
Because temperatures increased in the mountains Tuesday, most precipitation falling on Snoqualmie pass over overnight is expected to be rain, according to Weather Service meteorologist Ni Cushmeer. Precipitation around Stevens Pass overnight is expected to be a rain/snow mix, she said.
Avalanche warnings have been issued for areas throughout the Cascades. On Wednesday, strong northwest winds are expected to increase avalanche danger to high in areas above 4,000 feet and to considerable danger below that elevation, according to the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center. Avalanche danger could also increase because of moderate rain that could warm the area. Back-country travel is not recommended because natural and human-triggered avalanches are likely, according to the center.
The lower Puget Sound will get plenty of its own rain on Wednesday and part of the Thursday with lows in the mid-40s and highs in the low 50s. Skies are expected to be partly sunny for Friday and Saturday.