SEATTLE (AP) — Spring arrives next week, but this week still looks like winter in Washington.

The National Weather Service says a front moving through the state Monday is bringing strong winds and rain to Western Washington, heavy snow to the Cascades and snow in much of north central and northeast Washington.

Forecasters warned of 30 to 45 mph winds with gusts to 65 Monday morning on the coast. Forecasters advised of 20 to 30 mph winds with gusts to 50 mph in parts of the interior of Western Washington.

Forecasters issued a winter storm warning for the Cascades where they expect up to 18 inches of snow Monday. Forecasters also expect significant snow in the northern portions of Eastern Washington.

The Weather Service predicts more cool, showery weather through the week.

— Copyright 2012 The Associated Press


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