We’re a little over a week into spring, but the Weather Service says that winter weather is returning to the area for the next couple of days. They say that a strong late-season cold front is moving ashore today, bringing high winds to coastal areas, and dumping a lot of snow in the mountains. A high wind warning is up this morning at the coast, with sustained winds of 35 to 45 miles an hour, and wind gusts of up to 70 miles an hour in the Long Beach area. Winds have been picking up in the local area through the morning, with sustained winds above 20 miles an hour between 2 and 5 am today in Kelso, and a peak gust of 39 miles an hour recorded at the airport at 4:15 am. So far, no local problems from the gusty winds have been reported. There’s also a winter storm warning up until 11 am in the south Washington Cascades, with heavy snow and gusty winds expected through the day. Forecasters say as much as 18 inches could fall above four thousand feet through the day today, followed by another eight to 12 inches tonight. Winds are expected to be 20 to 30 miles an hour, with gusts of up to 50 miles an hour. Be ready for severe driving conditions if you’re heading over a mountain pass, as spring break gets under way.