We re going to see some wet and windy weather over the next couple of days in Western Washington, along with heavy snow in the mountains.
A high wind watch is in effect late Sunday night through Monday morning for the greater Seattle-Tacoma-Everett area, as well as the southwest interior and lower Chehalis Valley. Southwest winds between 25 and 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph are possible. Futurecast
Higher hilltops and could see some brief mixed rain/snow but no accumulation. Sheltered portions of Hood Canal/Kitsap will also have some mixed rain/snow or wet snow but not much more than a sloppy inch of accumulation is expected there.
The Ocean Shores/Westport areas could see wind gusts to 70 mph, which could be coupled with seas near 30 feet. A coastal flood watch has been issued. Grays Harbor Emergency Management is preparing for possible dangerous conditions.
Snow will pile up in the mountains. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 16 inches are expected with the first storm system by late Sunday morning.
By Monday night we'll see one to three feet of snow, said KING 5 Meteorologist Jim Guy.
The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a winter storm watch for the Olympics and Cascades. Some affected locations are Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass, White Pass, Mount Baker,Packwood, Index, Skykomish and Newhalem.
Winds of 40+ mph are possible Monday morning through the passes, creating very poor visibility due to blowing and drifting of snow.
An avalanche watch is also in effect for the Olympics and Cascades Sunday night and Monday.
A coastal flood watch is in effect for Monday morning. High tides and big waves may produce tidal overflow and flooding near the beaches.