Mother Nature's gift: A little snow to some, strong wind to others

SEATTLE --While much of the Seattle area was dealing with the traditional wet Christmas, a few spots did get enough snow to merit the elusive White Christmas.

Some snow has been falling in the Hood Canal area, central coast, parts of Southwestern Washington and even areas in Kitsap County. So far snow totals haven't been reported as too heavy, but enough to bring a few inches to those locations.

Winter Storm Warnings are set to expire at 3 p.m. for the Hood Canal and Southwestern Washington as the snow is set to change to rain. The other snow advisories expired at 1 p.m.

Gusty east winds remain in the Cascade foothills as well and a Wind Advisory for gusts to 50 mph remains in effect until 6 p.m.

The threat of snow and freezing temperatures has prompted Kitsap County to open a severe weather shelter at the Bremerton Food Line (1600 12th Street) that will be open from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. both Monday and Tuesday nights.

Temperatures will continue to warm above freezing and all areas will be rain by evening.

Rain showers will continue overnight and into Wednesday, but a drier pattern is setting up for the rest of the year.