High Wind Warning: Whidbey Island, Port Townsend through 1 a.m. Gusts 50-60 mph likely.
Wind Advisory: Sequim, southern San Juans through 1 a.m. Gusts 40-45 mph likely.
Wind Advisory: Everett/Snohomish County from 5 p.m. - 1 a.m.. Gusts 30-40 mph likely.
Updated Tuesday 1:15 p.m.
It's a gorgeous, sunny and warm day out there, but a rather sneaky weather event is set to bring some strong winds to the far North Sound area that could catch some unsuspecting boaters and sailors off guard.
An upper level trough will swing through the area Tuesday afternoon and evening -- for many it won't be too noticeable, but it's expected to trigger a very strong marine push and ensuing rush of westerly winds down the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Winds are expected to rapidly increase from about Port Angeles east through Port Townsend and into Whidbey Island late Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday evening with gusts as high as 40-60 mph.
A High Wind Warning is now in effect for Port Townsend, Whidbey Island and the Admiralty Inlet areas for westerly gusts up to 50-60 mph through 1 a.m. Wednesday. A Wind Advisory is in effect for Port Angeles, Sequim and the southern tips of the San Juan and Lopez Islands, also through 1 a.m. for westerly winds of 25-35 mph gusting as high as 45 mph.
With the sunshine, there is danger for unaware boaters in the Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca and Admiralty Inlet for experiencing a sudden increase in westerly winds.
The winds will push into western Snohomish County later in the evening with gusts to 40 mph likely Tuesday evening into early Tuesday night. Thus, a Wind Advisory is in effect for the greater Everett/Southwestern Snohomish County areas (including Lynnwood, Edmonds and Mukilteo) from 5 p.m. Tuesday to 1 a.m. Wednesday. While 40 mph winds usually don't cause many issues in the heart of fall and winter, those speeds may cause some isolated power outages due to leafy trees and the out-of-season nature of the strong winds.
For the greater Seattle and Tacoma area, winds are expected to remain relatively calm but the trough will usher in cooler air, dropping temperatures a bit as we near the sunset. Until then, highs will reach the mid 70s.
Winds will decrease in the North Sound overnight, but it'll usher in a big change for Wednesday's weather, which will be mostly cloudy with a morning marine layer in place. Highs will drop to the mid 60s.
The cool off is brief -- sunshine will claim an increasing majority of the days as we get through the rest of the week, with full sunny skies expected by Memorial Day weekend as highs climb up to near 80 degrees.
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