Updated: Saturday at 7:45 p.m.
Our super soaker Saturday came in right on schedule, with light rain kicking off the morning and heavier rain following in by afternoon. This big plume of Pacific moisture is primarily focused on Oregon, so cities closer to the Oregon state line are even soggier than most of us in Puget Sound. Because we already had so much rain earlier this week, the additional deluge is forcing the rivers to run fast and high, particularly those that feed out of the Cascades south of Mt. Rainier. A FLOOD WATCH is still in place for all of Western Washington. Not only are the waterways rising, but we'll contending with more street flooding as well. Driving is slow and difficult around the region tonight as the downpour goes on.
Not only is it wet, but it's gusty again, too. A WIND ADVISORY is in place tonight for the coast and Northwest Interior, including the San Juans. Southerly winds will gust 25 to 35 mph for most of us, but could blow between 40 and 50 mph near the beaches and northern islands.
This is a warmer rain, so the snow level should continue rising tonight. We've seen some snow over the passes, but we'll lean more toward wet than white passes over time as the cold air gets scoured out.
The rain gradually winds down overnight, and we'll be left with showers and sunbreaks on Sunday: we'll go from being wet all of the time to just being wet some of the time...! Heading to the region's pumpkin patches and corn mazes definitely looks better than it did on Saturday, but be sure to wear your most mud-friendly footwear. Highs on Sunday make it back into the middle to upper 50s, so pretty typical for late October. There will be a slim chance for stray thundershower with hail or lightning in the rainy pockets that do stick around.
The chance for rain goes away almost completely for the beginning of the week. Monday and Tuesday will include a lot of autumn sunshine after some morning fog. A warm up along the west coast will expand in our direction, and we'll hover closer to 60 degrees during the afternoons. Not bad!
There is another chance for shower action on Wednesday, but it looks like a lightweight storm compared to what is currently coming through. Thursday looks dry again, and so far, Friday and Saturday do, too. We'll need the chance to dry out after our rainy October stretch.
Have a great night,
Meteorologist Shannon O'Donnell
The KOMO4 Forecast Team
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