High winds and high tides created a mess around Western Washington Monday, bringing down trees and power lines and flooding some waterfront areas at high tide. But as the wind died down Monday afternoon, forecasters were predicting snow in some areas overnight and into Tuesday.
KING 5 Meteorologist Jeff Renner said cold air moving in behind the Monday storm could drop the snow level down to near sea level for a possible rain and snow mix or snow showers overnight and into Tuesday morning.
Some slushy accumulations in the showers will be possible, generally a trace to three inches. In the heavier showers, the snow level could drop as low as 200 to 300 feet, especially on inland hills (5 or more miles inland from the Sound).
Another 4-to-8 inches of snow was expected between noon and Tuesday night in the Olympics and west slopes of the Cascades. An avalance warning was posted for both mountain regions above 4,000 feet.Latest pass conditions
As a warm front approaches Wednesday, the presence of cold air near the ground could cause precipitation to begin as snow or a mix of snow and rain. A few inches of local accumulations will be possible, but then melt as the precipitation changes to rain late Wednesday morning or afternoon.
A number of areas along the waterfront, including West Seattle, Dash Point and Hood Canal reported flooding Monday due to high winds combined with high tide. The West Seattle Blog posted this video of flooding at Statue of Liberty Plaza.
Thousands of customers across the region were reported to have lost power Monday.
PSE asks that outages be reported by calling 1-888-255-5773.
Seattle City Light encouraged people to prepare for power outages. If outages do occur, call (206) 684-7400 to report them and visit www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat or their mobile site http://m.seattle.gov/light for outage information. Additional preparedness tips are available at www.takewinterbystorm.org .