High winds, heavy rain and some snow in the forecast

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 7:45 PM

The Puget Sound area is going to get a little blustery Tuesday afternoon and into Wednesday morning, with winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph.

Rain may be heavy at times, with up to an inch possible, said KING 5 Meteorologist Jim Guy.

By Wednesday night it appears colder air will move into the area. A mix of snow and rain will be possible after midnight and Thursday. Snow levels will be between 500-1,000 feet. Full forecast

“This is unlikely to be a significant snow event,” said Guy. “Any snow showers will be localized with minor accumulations suggested by our longer range computer guidance.”

A flood Watch in effect for the parts of Grays Harbor, Clallam, Jefferson, Mason and Snohomish counties.

In the Central Cascades, 5 to 10 inches of snow are expected through later Tuesday evening, with the heaviest amounts further north toward Stevens Pass.

Freezing rain may also occur in the passes with a quarter inch of ice possible before switching to all rain later Tuesday night. The cold front may bring a few inches of additional snow Wednesday morning.

An avalanche warning is in effect for  the Olympics and North Cascades through Tuesday night.

Check the latest traffic conditions anytime with the Seattle Traffic App and weather with the Seattle Weather App.

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