Coast goes from fierce winds to fluffy snow

ABERDEEN, Wash. -- Winters around here are usually highlighted by snow events and wind events. But rarely are the two on the same day!

A few hours after winds gusting between 40 and 60 mph raked parts of the coast, cooler air moved behind the storm and brought some snow -- even down to the beaches.

Snow reports ranged from a dusting to as much as 3 1/2 inches according to one spotter near Aberdeen. Other snow reports have come in from Westport, Raymond, Moclips and the Olympic foothill communities north of Montesano.

Once the front gradually pushes into Eastern Washington this evening, we'll cool off in the interior as well. Snow levels overnight will drop to about 500 feet overnight and with frequent showers in the front's wake, we could see some wet snow around here as well, especially on the hilltops and higher elevations away from the water. Accumulations would be around a dusting to 1" but models indicate that snow belt over toward Hood Canal along Highway 101 (between Hoodsport and Brinnon) could see up to 2-3" of snow. And those along the central and south coast and Chehalis Valley could see 1-3" by the time the night is done, especially those above a few hundred feet elevation.

For at- and near-sea-level areas around Seattle, we're looking at rain/snow mix showers or perhaps briefly a non-sticking snow in showers with lows in the mid 30s.

Up in the mountains, of course there is no question it'll be snow. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 5 a.m.

Tuesday will remain cool and showery with snow levels around 500-1,000 feet. The air mass does look a bit unstable so some of these showers could be heavy with some hail, graupel or perhaps a strike of lightning. And if the shower is intense enough or you're at a high enough elevation, you once again could see some wet snow. Temperatures will be in the low 40s outside the showers, but will drop to the mid 30s during any precipitation event.

The rain/hilltop snow shower game continues into Tuesday evening, but we begin to run out of moisture that night, with skies gradually clearing.