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Originally published Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 6:41 PM

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Heavy snow falling in Washington mountains

Most of Washington is seeing snow and it's really piling up in the mountains.

The Associated Press

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SEATTLE —

Most of Washington is seeing snow and it's really piling up in the mountains.

Snowy eastbound Interstate 90 was closed temporarily Wednesday evening west of Snoqualmie Pass while multiple spin-outs and collisions were cleared.

Near Stevens Pass, State Trooper Mark Francis says a suspected drunken driver was arrested after colliding with a snow plow Wednesday afternoon. That crash seriously injured a person in a third vehicle and backed up traffic for hours.

The state Transportation Department says hazardous driving conditions created by falling trees and heavy snowfall have prompted it to close portions of U.S. Highway 101 and State Route 106 in the Hood Canal area of Mason County through Wednesday night.

A storm that moved in Wednesday morning dropped wet snow at lower elevations of Western Washington, including Poulsbo, Bremerton and Everett. Seattle, Olympia and Tacoma saw light snow.

The Western Washington snow was turning to rain, but forecasters say the storm will leave up to 2 feet of new snow in the Cascades by Thursday morning.

Heavy snow also is forecast on the east slopes of the Cascades with widespread snow across the Inland Northwest.

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