The windstorm that was expected to hit Puget Sound on Friday has petered out a bit and the strong winds will largely be confined to the coast and south of Olympia.

But the precipitation is on its way and by the end of the weekend all the mountain tops around the area will be white with snow.

That’s great news for skiers awaiting the start of the season and not such good news for anyone who has to travel across the passes over the next few days.

Forecasters say the snow level will drop to 3,000 feet and are predicting that Paradise on Mount Rainier could see up to 40 inches of snow, Hurricane Ridge up to 18 inches and Stevens Pass between 24 to 30 inches, said meteorologist Maddie Kristell of the National Weather Service in Seattle.

“I imagine this is a good first start for skiers and the snowpack,” said Kristell. “But if traveling through the passes this weekend, watch the conditions.”