Strong winds expected Saturday

Some power outages, tree damage possible

Strong winds expected Saturday
Peak wind gusts expected Sat., Jan. 2

Expect a few showers around through the night but winds will be calming down a bit, albeit just temporary. We’ll have more rain moving in by morning and rain will be heavy all day Saturday. One to two inches of rain could fall in the lowlands with some urban flooding possible. Even more will fall in the foothills and mountains below 4,000 feet (Snoqualmie Pass will be in rain). We’ll have 3-6 inches of snow for Stevens Pass and points higher in elevation Saturday.

Saturday afternoon through early Saturday evening will likely be a period of stiff winds through all of Western Washington, including Puget Sound. Right now, gusts in the 30-40 mile per hour range late Saturday look common around the Sound. While we’ve had these winds before, we could see more fallen trees and damage because the soil is so soggy and tree root systems have a harder time holding on with the force of the winds. There will be some isolated wind gusts above 40 miles per hour, particularly nearer the water and some isolated 50-60 mile per hour gusts can be expected at the coast and around Whidbey Island.

A Wind Advisory will be in effect for Puget Sound and the northern waters and islands for gusts over 40-45mph at times and a High Wind Warning for the coast for those 50+mph gusts.

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Though not a major windstorm, we will still expect some sporadic power outages and tree damage around the area late Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening.

Rain will continue with breezes Sunday and possibly Monday too with more heavy snow in the mountains, including the lower passes as cooler air drops the snow levels back below Snoqualmie Pass for Sunday. Rivers will be running high through the weekend but right now, only the Skokomish River in Mason County is predicted to (continue to) flood.

Expect more rain and mountain snow next week.