Heavy rains, strong winds topple trees in North Sound

Spring is here.

Winter is demanding a recount.

A storm that might have gone down among the top ranked this winter -- especially with the low bar set by the quiet season -- instead goes in spring's trophy case as we deal with a strong dose of rain, wind, mountain snow.

While the rain was been impressive -- anywhere from 0.75-1.50" across Western Washington, it's the wind that's been the most noticeable.

Gusts reached 35-45 mph across much of the region, with West Seattle's Alki Beach reaching 54 mph and Everett's Paine Field reporting a gust of 51 mph.

The wind has knocked down a few trees in the Lake Stevens and Snohomish area, including one tree that took out power lines as it toppled in the 14700 block of 75th Street NE in Lake Stevens.

A Wind Advisory remains in effect until 8 p.m. for much of Western Washington with the exception of the Whidbey Island/Admiralty Inlet area where a stronger High Wind Warning is in effect through 11 p.m.

Wind gusts will continue to gust at times between 35-45 mph with some isolated gusts to 50 mph for Puget Sound region, coast and southwestern Washington and gust as high as 60 mph in that Whidbey Island area.

Mike McLaughlin went out and captured the windy day on video:

And here is time lapse video of a squall that moved through Whidbey Island, courtesy of

Winds will continue to gust through the evening hours then taper off overnight.

But the winds and rain weren't the only effect of the storm. Thunderstorms were possible Wednesday night, and then with colder air moving in for Thursday, some areas in the lowlands might see a little snow.

Peak winds from the storm as of 5 p.m.:

  • Alki Beach: 54 mph
  • Everett: 51 mph
  • Bellingham: 45 mph
  • Oak Harbor: 45 mph
  • Seattle (Sea-Tac Airport): 44 mph
  • Renton: 43 mph
  • Port Angeles: 43 mph
  • Shelton: 41 mph
  • Hoquiam: 41 mph
  • Gig Harbor: 41 mph
  • Friday Harbor: 40 mph
  • Bremerton: 39 mph
  • Seattle (Boeing Field): 37 mph
  • Tacoma: 37 mph
  • Port Angeles: 35 mph