After nearly an inch of rain fell in Seattle over the past few days -- greater amounts in other spots -- more rain and gusty winds are on tap for Monday afternoon as another potent storm rolls through.
This storm is aiming to trick a few people as the morning began with sunshine and calm winds, but the day sure didn't end that way as rain developed in the early afternoon.
Rain will be increasing in the evening - likely in time for the evening commute, as will the winds. A Wind Advisory is in effect for much of Western Washington -- it begins at 2 p.m. for the coast and Northwest Interior for southeast-to-south winds gusting to 45-50 mph. For the greater Seattle area and rest of the region, the advisory begins at 5 p.m. for potential gusts to 45 mph.
Even though those wind speeds aren't out of the ordinary for October, there is still potential for scattered power outages as trees still have a healthy coat of autumn leaves and tend to be more susceptible to winds than when they're bare in the winter.
The wind advisory ends at 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Rain will steady and moderate-to-heavy once again with expected totals in the lowlands of about a quarter to half inch with 1-2" of more rain possible in the mountains. Keep an eye out for clogged storm drains.
In addition, thunderstorms are also popping up with lightning reported in Forks, Port Angeles, Astoria and near Kelso in the early afternoon. Those storms will blow through the inland areas as the front passes this evening, then taper off overnight.
The rest of the rain and wind will taper off by early Tuesday morning with scattered showers amid sunbreaks on Wednesday. Another system is due in on Thursday and a third on Saturday, but once Saturday's system passes, models indicate temperatures will cool quite a bit to where highs might barely break into the low 50s for the weekend into early next week. So now that you've grown your webbed feet, next up, that extra layer of fur!
Some rainfall totals from Sunday
Midnight to Midnight tallies:
Forks: 2.62" -- Daily record. Old record 2.02"
CoCoRahs spotter totals (7am Sunday to 7 am Monday)
Ocean Shores: 2.08"
Gig Harbor: 1.52"
Port Orchard: 1.43"
North Bend: 0.89"
Bainbridge Island: 0.83"
Federal Way: 0.72"
Friday Harbor: 0.70"
Port Angeles: 0.67"
Lake Stevens: 0.66"
Camano Island: 0.35"
Oak Harbor: 0.16"
Port Townsend: 0.15"