Winter storm warning issued for Olympic Mountains

HURRICANE RIDGE — The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Olympic Mountains above 3,000 feet, including Hurricane Ridge.

The winter storm warning will be in effect for elevations above 3,000 feet through 3 p.m. today. The warning went into effect at 4 p.m. Monday.

According to the weather service, heavy snow is possible above 3,000 feet and anyone traveling in the mountains should plan on difficult conditions.

Total snow accumulations around 15 to 24 inches are possible near Hurricane Ridge. Snow levels at Hurricane Ridge and on the north slopes will likely be below 1,000 feet.

A winter storm warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected.

Those who must travel in the Olympic Mountains are advised to keep an extra flashlight, food and water in case of an emergency.

Outside of the Olympic Mountains, gale warnings and wind advisories have also been issued for the Olympic Peninsula.

The weather service issued a gale warning for the waters of Hood Canal and Puget Sound that is in effect until 4 p.m. today.

That warning calls for northeast winds of 10 to 20 knots, becoming southerly at 25 to 35 knots this morning through the afternoon, then easing.

A gale warning was also in effect for central coast waters until 10 a.m. today, calling for northeast winds of 10 to 20 knots becoming southerly at 25 to 35 knots through this morning.

On land, the weather service issued a wind advisory through 4 p.m. today that includes the Hood Canal area. The advisory called for southwest winds of 15 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.

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