Autumn wastes no time saying 'hello' with stormy weather

SEATTLE -- Those who have lived around Western Washington for a while know autumn is anything but subtle.

Sunday, it said hello not with a simple wave and a 'hi', but more of a bear hug.

The season began at 1:44 p.m. and right out of the gate comes our first decent autumn-esque storm of the year.

A cold front moved in through the day, bringing a rainy and blustery day across the region. While for the greater Seattle-Puget Sound region, it was more of just a rehearsal and didn't cause many issues, winds gusted as high as 35-45 mph along the coast and Northwest Interior through the day.

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Whidbey Island NAS near Oak Harbor reported a gust of 55 mph at noon and the season's inaugural Wind Advisory was issued there through 3 p.m. Friday Harbor reported a gust of 45 mph, Port Townsend hit 44 and Hoquiam hit 46 mph.

In the grand scheme of Western Washington weather, that's old hat, but in Brier it was enough to topple a small tree into a home, causing minor damage.

About a half-inch of rain fell around Seattle with 1-2 inches expected up in the mountains.

Perhaps the most notable effect from the storm will be lowering snow levels -- down to about 5,500 feet after the front passes late Sunday and will remain there early next week so any late-season hikers will want to take note -- the days of 11,000-foot freezing levels are now gone.

Steady rains will give way to showers overnight and then much of next week looks fairly calm. A better chance to sit down with autumn for a nice cup of coffee and get to catch up under much quieter circumstances.