Nature's blockbuster trilogy: Rain, wind and mountain snow

Nature's blockbuster trilogy: Rain, wind and mountain snow
SEATTLE -- "In a world... where spring flowers bloom and temperatures climb near 70 degrees on Saturday's, one storm was determined to get payback. Consider the debt...paid."

Yes, the typical Mother Nature stormy trilogy of rain, wind and mountain snow made an encore appearance as March tries to go out like the most rabid lamb you can imagine.

The first two parts of this storm, the rain and wind, mostly fell Sunday night into Monday morning. Gusts along the coast and Northwest Interior reached 50-60 mph in places. Oak Harbor gusted to 61 mph, while Hoquiam hit 60 mph, Bellingham 57 mph, Friday Harbor 51 mph and Everett and Olympia were right around 40 mph. Most other spots were in the 30-40 mph gust range.

Trees found their way into many power lines throughout the area, but there were no reports of injuries.

In Grays Harbor County, officials said about 1,600 customers lost power overnight.

Puget Sound Energy reported 4,500 scattered outages, mostly in Pierce and Thurston counties. And in Seattle, winds knocked out power to about 4,000 customers in the city's Magnolia neighborhood.

Rain was quite heavy as squalls rolled the Puget Sound as well. Seattle had two separate hours where 0.20" rain fell within the hour, while Tacoma and Olympia had a 0.24" hour. To put that in perspective, that is just as much rain as Seattle received in June and July last year -- combined!!!

And as the day progressed into the afternoon, hail came along for the ride. There was actually enough for minor accumulations in Normandy Park, Sumner, Federal Way, Renton, and Tacoma. Here is some hail video from our reporter Ray Lane who was just outside Federal Way;

Rain showers were forecast to continue through Monday, with some showers remaining quite heavy and possibly in the form of thunderstorms with small hail.

But aside from the rain and wind, mountain snow is the probably the greatest impact from the storm, and the most welcome. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through 11 a.m. Tuesday for an additional 6-12" of snow around Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier, with 6-10" of snow in the lower passes through the day Monday. And then another 4-10" is expected Monday night.

As of 4 p.m., Stevens Pass reported 9" of new snow, while Mt. Baker had 11" of snow between 5 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday before their gauge stopped reporting. Paradise Ranger Station in Mt. Rainier National Park had 21" of new snow since Sunday afternoon.

This cool, rainy and mountain snow pattern is expected to continue through the week, getting us back to a world Seattleites are a bit more familiar with.

Some photos of the hail today: