Storm to bring heavy snow to Cascades

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The National Weather Service says a strong frontal system will blow in Washington Wednesday bringing the chance of significant snow by Wednesday night in the Cascades.

A storm watch is in effect for the Cascades above 3,000 feet through Thursday morning. Forecasters expect 10-to-14 inches in the passes and 10-to-20 inches over the higher terrain.

Cold temperatures Thursday and Friday will drop snow levels down to 500 feet in Western Washington and bring the chance of accumulations of snow in the low elevations of Eastern Washington.

The snow is good news for mountain resorts. Crystal Mountain says it plans to open Friday, based on the forecast. The Mount Baker Ski Area says it could open Friday.