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Significant storm moves into Washington state

December 17th, 2012 - 5:52am

SEATTLE (AP) - The National Weather Service says the strongest storm of the season so far in Washington has brought high winds and heavy mountain snow.

Meteorologist Ted Buehner in Seattle says wind gusts early Monday hit 60 mph on the coast and 55 mph in the south Puget Sound area.

The greater Port Angeles area was spared some of the extreme high winds that were expected. Although high winds were measured through the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Winds of 35 mph and heavy snow are creating blizzard-like conditions in the Cascades. Accumulations from the storm that started Sunday are likely to total 2 to 3 feet by Tuesday morning.

Colder air is dropping the snow level under 1,000 feet Monday night and could leave snow on the higher hills in western Washington.

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