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The calm before the (next) Western Washington storm

The passes got a break from the snow Tuesday morning. But more snow is on the way, according to the National Weather Service. (WSDOT)

Enjoy the break in precipitation while it lasts.

Forecasts show more rain and possibly wet snow in areas of Puget Sound beginning Tuesday afternoon.

By Tuesday evening snow levels could fall as low as 500 feet, according to the National Weather Service. That could lead to rain/snow mixes, or wet snow with little to no accumulation.

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It will be an entirely different situation in the mountain passes Tuesday night. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Cascades of King, Lewis, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. The 24-hour warning begins at 6 p.m.

The amount of snow that fell Monday has made navigation over the passes difficult. The Washington State Department of Transportation reported 26 inches fell on Snoqualmie Pass.

Over on Stevens Pass, crews closed Highway 2 early Tuesday morning for avalanche control.

Cold temperatures caused several crashes in the morning as well.

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