**HIGH WIND WARNING/WIND ADVISORY in effect for Kitsap CountyDecember 16th, 2012 by Matthew Leach
Rain/snow continues to fall over the Kitsap Peninsula and will continue through the night with possibly heavy accumulations along the Hood Canal until early Monday. Meanwhile, a powerful Pacific storm, likely the biggest we’ve seen this season in terms of wind, will be barreling through the region late tonight into tomorrow afternoon. This will produce all sorts of unstable weather for Western Washington, but for Kitsap County it will present an interesting split in weather:
- A HIGH WIND WARNING has been issued for the HOOD CANAL AREA from 10 PM SUNDAY (this evening) to 4 PM MONDAY. This means southerly winds of 15 to 30 mph will develop this evening, then switch to southwest at 30-40 mph with gusts as high as 60 mph.
- A lesser WIND ADVISORY has been issued for the BREMERTON AREA (rest of Kitsap County) from 10 PM SUNDAY to 4 PM MONDAY. This means southwest winds at 20-35 mph will rapidly develop this evening and gust as high as 55 mph through Monday afternoon.
Of course, the slightest change in the storm track could mean higher and lower wind speeds in areas.
Please be advised the WINTER STORM WARNING issued for the mountain passes has been upgraded to a BLIZZARD WARNING, which will be in effect tonight through Monday. Snow totals could amount to as much as 3 feet by the end of tomorrow. Wind will also roar with 40-60 mph gusts affecting mainly Stevens Pass southward including Snoqualmie Pass. It would not be wise to make any travel plans over the passes tomorrow.
ANYMORE LOWLAND SNOW?
We’re going to start the new week on a pretty chilly note. Monday will be windy and rainy, but the really cold air moves in late Monday and sticks around through Wednesday. At this point we’re still on track to see some rain/snow or wet snow showers throughout the day on Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the 30s. In fact, we may see another good 1-2” of sloppy accumulation in the Hood Canal area both days. As always, this will need to be monitored!
We’ve covered all the immediate highlights. For now, stay safe and go get some batteries for those flashlights! I’m fully expecting some power outages with this one,