Showers and isolated thunderstorms possible through Friday

As expected, there are some areas of rain amid the sunbreaks around this afternoon and some gusty winds in the 20-35mph range too. This will continue through the next few hours, though winds will be calming down a bit west of the Cascades later this evening.

Into tonight, continued showers here and there will be the rule and this will keep going in to the morning commute. It will not be uniformly rainy in the morning and we’ll have some periods of sunshine too. By afternoon, a more robust Puget Sound Convergence Zone will set up in the central or north Sound and this will likely focus some thunderstorm chances there during the latter half of the day. Isolated lightning strikes and spotty areas of small hail are possible. It’ll be chilly Friday with highs only in the 50s

The weekend has slight chances of rain on both days but I still believe this will be a mainly-fine Mother’s Day weekend. The best chance for rain will be on Saturday morning and then for the remainder of the weekend, the best possibility of a light rain shower will be in the Cascades and foothills. But still, there will be a shot of rain at any time. Highs will be in the 60s with more sunshine, particularly on Sunday.

Expect mainly sunny skies and highs near 70 Monday through about Thursday of next week.