Updated Wednesday 9:10 p.m.
The stormy season has officially arrived.
Winds gusting to 50-55 mph blew through much of Western Washington Wednesday afternoon and evening. Seattle hit 50 mph while Tacoma hit 52 mph and Everett hit 46 mph. There were numerous trees and power lines reported down and over 50,000 lost power.
The winds have peaked and will slowly subside as the evening progresses. High Wind Warnings are done but a straggling Wind Advisory remain in effect until 11 p.m. for the Puget Sound region and Southwestern Washington for a few last potential gusts to 45 mph. In the meantime, we'll turn attention from wind to rain. Heavy rains will continue through much of the night, making for urban ponding in spots. Lows will be in the 40s.
A Flood Watch remains in effect for Thursday morning for essentially the Skokomish, Nooksack, Stillaguamish and Skagit Rivers. Although since the rivers were pretty low before the rains began, any flooding is forecast to be minor.
We'll see frequent showers on Thursday and perhaps a few less on Friday with highs dropping to the low-mid 50s.
But what say we do this again for the weekend? Long range models continue to show another robust storm similar in strength to the current storm moving in on Saturday for additional gusty winds and heavy rains.
Combined with the rains this week, the weekend storm may have enough to trigger some river flooding. Also expect winds gusting to 40-45 mph again.
Rainy weather holds into Sunday, then begins to calm down Sunday evening with rain tapering off overnight. It then looks like a dry period to wring out for early next week.
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