Wind advisory issued as heavy rain pummels Western Washington

Windy Tuesday

Rain was heavy at times on Tuesday with sustained winds 20 to 35 mph, with wind gusts increasing to 45 mph. Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Bellevue, Montesano and Shelton were included in a Wind Advisory for the day when wind gusts were expected to build 40-50 mph between 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Some of these showers will become increasingly heavy and prolonged creating the chance of snow to mix in or change to wet snow with minor accumulation.  These wintry showers are going to continue overnight and end early Wednesday morning.

Mountain snow!

The National Weather Service said more than a foot of snow fell across I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass on Tuesday and all mountain passes are under a Winter Storm Warning for significant snow. The NWS said as of 2 p.m., Snoqualmie Pass had 14 inches, Stevens Pass had 28 inches and Mount Baker had 26 inches. Paradise on Mount Rainier received 22 inches, it said.

Anticipate intermittent closure of roads while WSDOT maintains snow removal along with avalanche control.

Snow was falling over the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Through 11 a.m., 4 to 7 inches of new snow will accumulate along the stretch of water way and areas west of Sequim.   There is potential for higher amounts of snow to be more prolonged in this area into tonight. NWS Seattle issued a Winter Weather Advisory to address the snowfall.

Q13 News Meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson says to please monitor your weather conditions using our free weather app as heavy rain may change to snow briefly tonight for some.

The current forecast keeps the snow level near 200 feet which would prevent snow accumulations near bodies of water Tuesday night, but hills may become extremely slippery early Wednesday morning when temperatures fall to freezing.