Updated Friday 3:30 p.m.
It might have been fashionably late, but a potent winter storm is finally here.
A dark and stormy night is on tap with steady, moderate-to-heavy rains and gusty winds expected, with the worst winds expected along the coast and far northern interior areas.
Bellingham already reported a gust to 60 mph at 3 p.m. while Whidbey Island NAS had a gust of 53 mph. A High Wind Warning remains in effect until 7 p.m. for Whatcom and San Juan Counties for continued to gusts to 60 mph. A lesser Wind Advisory is in effect along the coast and the rest of the north interior locations until 7 p.m. for expected gusts to 50 mph.
Winds in the greater Puget Sound region will be not as strong, peaking in the 30-40 mph range later this evening. All winds will taper off as we get toward midnight.
Steady rains overnight will gradually taper to showers toward dawn. Lows will be around 40.
A few lingering showers will be around Saturday morning but we'll dry out and clear up a bit toward afternoon with highs in the low 50s.
The weather then takes a spring-like turn for early next week as a big ridge of high pressure sets up. A weak system will nick the area on Sunday to the north, potentially bringing some light showers to the coast and spots north of Mount Vernon, but the Puget Sound region will remain dry with highs in the mid 50s.
By Monday and Tuesday, it's full sunshine with mild-to-warm temperatures. Highs should reach the upper 50s and low 60s(!).
Clouds return Wednesday as the ridge begins to give up, and then showers are expected Thursday and Friday with highs dropping down to the low-mid 50s.
Have a great weekend!
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