Driving rain and snow in the mountains ahead

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Are you ready for the rain? An incoming cold front will trigger torrential rains in the plains, squalls and heavy snow in the mountains on Sunday.

Today’s highs are expected to reach the upper 40s to lower 50s. However, keep in mind that these temperatures will be cooler with scattered rain, windy weather and cloudy skies. Dress warmly with waterproof layers when you go out!

The heaviest rain will sweep through Puget Sound between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. this afternoon. Gusts could also reach 20 to 40 mph! The strongest winds are expected along the coast, North Sound, Island County, eastern Strait and the mountains, but winds will not be strong enough to warrant official wind alerts.

Snow in the mountains could be a big concern. A winter weather advisory is in effect from 1 a.m. this afternoon to 4 p.m. Monday for areas above 1,000 feet in the central and northern Cascades – which include some of the valleys and foothills of the Cascades (such as Baring, Darrington, Maple Valley and Index).

I can’t entirely rule out some graupel (small soft snowballs), snowflakes or hail mixing with rain on the plains overnight and into Monday morning, but I think most Weather: Precipitation should fall as rain in the lower elevations. There is also a slight chance for a rain/snow mix for some in the lowlands Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

Hope you catch FOX 13 this weekend! We really appreciate your hearing.

Warmly,

Meteorologist Abby Acone
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