Northwest Snow, Even for the Lower Elevations

By , Senior Meteorologist
December 16, 2012; 5:08 PM ET
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The Northwest will endure howling winds, rain and snow from a powerful Pacific storm through Monday, but the snow will not just be confined to the mountains.

While only rain will wet Seattle, Portland and the entire Interstate 5 corridor into Monday, enough cold is in place for substantial snow to bury the lower elevations east of the Washington Cascades.

Up to a half of a foot of snow will turn Wenatchee, Wash., into a winter wonderland tonight with 2-4 inches whitening Spokane, Wash.

The air is too warm farther to the south for anything but rain in Pendleton, Ore.

As one can expect, the Cascades will bear the brunt of the snowstorm with amounts approaching, and in some cases exceeding, a foot. Snow levels will be below the mountain passes.

Making travel even more hazardous and nearly impossible in some areas, strong winds will significantly blow and drift the snow around.

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