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Weather Update

Posted on 29th December 2011 at 09:00

The Weather Service says that another strong weather system is expected tonight, this time with dropping snow levels and heavy snows in the Cascades. There’s a winter storm warning starting at 6 pm tonight in the central and northern Cascades in Washington, running until midnight tomorrow night. Snow levels are expected to start at about 4,000 feet tonight, dropping to three thousand feet by tomorrow morning, and then to 2,000 feet by tomorrow night. The snow is expected to be heavy, with one to two feet possible at Paradise on Mt. Rainier, and on Mt. Baker. Stevens Pass could get up to 18 inches out of this system. To the west of us, snow levels could even get as low as 1,500 feet, affecting the Coast Range. Three to six inches is possible late tomorrow night. We should also continue to expect rain and wind in the local area, with the next big frontal system coming in tonight. On the coast, winds of 25 to 35 miles an hour are expected, with gusts of up to 55 miles an hour. The flood warning also continues on the Grays River at Rosburg, with the river running about two feet over flood stage at this time. They now say widespread flooding of lowland areas and roads around Rosburg is under way, including the approaches to the Altoona Bridge over the Grays River.