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Expect lots of rain and wind in the Western Washington lowlands Friday and heavy snow in the mountains.

KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriot forecasts increasing steady rain in the morning, changing to showers by midday. Areas south of Tacoma and north of Everett will see the most rain, which could exceed an inch.

Southerly winds of 15-to-35 mph, with gusts of 40-to-45 mph are also expected, with the strongest winds near the shorelines, especially north of Seattle.

Highs will be in the mid-to-upper 40 s.

It will be windier on the coast, where sustained winds will be between 20 and 35 mph, with gusts that could reach 55 mph.

It will be a great day for skiers, but a terrible one for drivers going over the mountain passes. Expect heavy snow in the morning, then heavy at times in the afternoon and evening with the snow level eventually dropping to 2,000 feet in the afternoon and 1,000-to-1,500 feet overnight. 1-to-2 feet of new snow is expected at the ski areas with 3 feet at higher elevations. An avalanche warning is in effect.

Temperatures in the passes will be around 30 degrees, with winds between 20 and 35 mph. Check mountain travel conditions

People living in the Cascade foothills could see some slushy snow accumulations Saturday, and it could even, briefly, reach sea level. Any snow that does fall that low is expected to melt quickly. Increasing rain is likely Sunday and could persist throughout the week.

You can get updated weather anytime by downloading the Seattle Weather app, which has alerts, an interactive radar, and video forecasts. Download the app for iPhone or Android, or get the WeatherCaster app for iPad.

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