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December 25, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Storm could mean 18 to 30 inches of snow in Cascades

UPDATED, Friday at 7:30 a.m.

Skiers and folks returning across the Cascade passes could be in for a difficult go Saturday.

Between 18 and 30 inches of snow is forecast in a storm expected to hit Friday night and last through late Saturday night, according to a winter storm watch from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Meteorologist Chris Burke said the major mountain passes — Snoqualmie and Stevens — would likely be on the lower end of that range, “but still that’s a foot and a half of snow.”

Heavier snow is expected at Mount Baker and Mount Rainier.

Cascade foothill communities such as Marblemount, Darrington and Index are expected to get snow as the snow level drops to 2,500 to 3,000 feet.

It should be a mostly cloudy day in the Seattle area on Friday with highs near 44, according to the NWS. The possibility of rain increases into the evening.

There’s a chance of snow Saturday night and Sunday, but the snow could be mixed with rain, and little or no accumulation is expected.

Lighter mountain snowfall is in the forecast for Sunday. Stevens and Snoqualmie passes both have a 50 percent chance of snow showers on Sunday, with a sunny stretch beginning Monday.

Next week is expected to start cool and dry in the Puget Sound area, with low temperatures dipping into the 20s on Monday night and Tuesday night. Normal temperatures for Seattle at this point in December would be a high of 45 and low of 36.

 Related: Ski report

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