Strong storm brings heavy rain, gusty winds



SEATTLE - One of the strongest storms of the season moves into Western Washington, bringing heavy rain, gusty winds and lots of mountain snow.


KIRO 7 meteorologist Brian Monahan said the heaviest downpours are expected around 2 p.m. Friday, with the South Sound and the coast getting the most rain.


The heavy coastal rain could possibly cause some minor flooding.


Though the rainfall will not be as extreme as on the coast, there will be heavy showers around Seattle, Everett and Tacoma.


The wind is forecast to pick up by 11 a.m., with the strongest winds across Whatcom and Skagit counties with forecast gusts of 30-50 mph.


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Most of Western Washington will see winds of 15-25 mph with heavy periods of rain and highs in the upper 40s.


The lowland storm is expected to wind down after 4 p.m., but heavy mountain snow will continue at least into Saturday morning.


Monahan said a winter storm warning that’s in effect, with 1-3 feet of snow forecast for the Cascades until Saturday morning, could be extended.


Forecasters say a series of wet Pacific systems will continue to roll through Washington most of next week.  See the 5-day forecast.


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