Windy weather heralds a wet weekend - and snow in Cascades

The blustery weather that blew into Bellingham on Friday is bringing a strong cold front that's expected to bring a “significant snowfall” to the Cascade Mountains this weekend.

The National Weather Service said a cold front moving in Friday night, April 10, could bring isolated thunderstorms and possible pea-sized hail, particularly along the coast and the Puget Sound region.

The forecast also called for snow levels plummeting to 2,000 feet. Some areas could see 6 to 11 inches of powder, but Mt. Baker Ski Area remained closed as of Friday.

More importantly, travelers on Snoqualmie Pass and other mountain highways should be prepared for winter conditions, with snowfall gradually easing by Sunday.

The state Department of Transportation provides current conditions and restrictions on mountain passes, in addition to regional travel alerts, at its website.