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Puyallup parks reopen after blustery conditions forced closures

UPDATE: Puyallup has reopened all of its parks, Puyallup Police tweeted Sunday morning. They warn to be alert for minor debris on the Puyallup Riverwalk Trail.

ORIGINAL POST: Saturday has been windy, to the point that multiple parks have been closed throughout Pierce County.

All Puyallup city parks are closed because of falling trees and branches. The outer loop of Five Mile Drive at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma is also closed Saturday.

National Weather Service forecasts have 20-35 mph winds continuing throughout the region through Sunday, including rare winds from the north on Sunday that have the potential to cause more damage than the southerly winds seen Saturday. Gusts of up to 50 mph are expected Saturday, with gusts of 40 mph expected Sunday.

The region may see a dusting of snow overnight, and the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather warning for the Cascades above 2,000 feet, where up to two feet of snow is forecast at pass elevations.

South of Olympia may receive up to two inches of snow, as will Skagit and Whatcom counties to the north.

Low temperatures in the region are expected to be in the low 20s or lower starting Sunday night, when colder air settles into the Puget Sound region.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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