Updated 12:00 PM
The National Weather Service has issued a statement of concern with this developing windstorm. It appears it has taken an abrupt southerly track, which could result in damaging winds to the area (up to 60 mph):
Says the Seattle NWS: “THE CONCERN IS THAT THE SYSTEM HAS ENOUGH EWD MOMENTUM TO FUNNEL THESE STRONGER WINDS THROUGH THE CHEHALIS GAP…REACHING INTO THE PUGET SOUND REGION AS THE BENT BACK LIFTS THROUGH. THIS SCENARIO COULD GIVE A SHORT 1-2 HOUR PERIOD OF HIGH WIND IN THE PUGET SOUND REGION.
Astoria is reporting gusts up to 40 MPH at this moment, which means winds should filter through the Chehalis Gap shortly and stir things up in the Puget Sound area over the next couple hours.
Updated: 9:30 AM
The Leach Family got back from Wyoming last night just in time for another potent spring storm that seemed to develop out of nowhere…especially the wet snowflakes that are falling outside my window right now.
So let’s address that first. We had just enough cold air trapped last night to produce some mixed rain and snow showers this morning as heavier precipitation moves through ahead of the main front. Some folks in Seabeck have reported an inch and half of snow on the ground, while others, like folks in Tracyton, are reporting rain. At my house in Silverdale, it’s snowing heavily with a trace on the grass and bark.
The mixed precip and snow will end later this morning as southerly winds kick up and the big storm arrives. Historically speaking, this could be the strongest late-season storm since March 30th, 1997 when a windy system struck the area and killed 2 people. The National Weather Service has issued a HIGH WIND WARNING for the Hood Canal area with winds gusting as high as 60 mph and a WIND ADVISORY for the greater Seattle area until 6 PM for the main Puget Sound area, meaning sustained winds of 20-30 mph with gusts between 45 and 55 mph.
The heaviest rain will occur this morning, sharing the spotlight with the snow, turning to lighter rain as the day wears on.
The forecast for the rest of the week? Mostly cloudy, chilly, and wet with mountain snow continuing. Wednesday of next week is shaping up to be warmer and drier with each model run, so we’ll see what happens with that. I think many of us wouldn’t mind a break!
Be safe and stay warm during the storm!
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