Heavy snowfall expected for Cascades Pass

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According to the National Weather Service, travelers crossing the Cascade Mountains should be prepared for heavy snowfall starting Sunday evening and continuing through Monday afternoon.

Additional snow accumulations of 8 inches to 2 feet are expected in the central Cascades, including Stevens and Snoqualmie passes. A winter storm warning is in effect until 4 p.m. Monday for the Cascade Mountains and valleys of Snohomish and King counties.

Areas below 1,000 feet should expect rain, Weather Service meteorologist Carly Kovacik said Sunday afternoon.

Washington State Department of Transportation chains required on all vehicles except AWD vehicles on Interstate 90 via Snoqualmie Pass, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, officials advised motorists to use traction tires on Highway 2 through Stevens Pass. Oversized vehicles were prohibited in both passes.

Kovacik said heavy snowfall is expected to start late Sunday evening.

“That’s when we start to see the hard-hitting snow accumulation start,” she said.

In the Seattle area, “random showers” are expected throughout the week, with the possibility of a few showers and light snow Wednesday morning in the Puget Sound area, Kovacik said. Temperatures are expected to remain between the mid 30s and upper 40s.

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