Storms to bring rain, wind to Washington Thursday, Saturday

It looks like a couple of days of sunny fall weather today and Wednesday after some chilly mornings. Soak up the sun now because we are going to get soaked later in the week!

Wet and blustery storms are moving into Western Washington. The first storm will spread rain into Puget Sound after midnight on Wednesday.  Thursday will be wet with steady rain throughout the day, then turn breezy later in the day and overnight Thursday as a cold front moves in.

Gusts in neighborhoods (not near the water) will probably reach the 15-25 mph range Thursday night.  This storm will produce some heavy rains in the mountains. A flood watch is out for Mason County and the Skokomish River.

We'll see drier weather Friday as a weaker storm brings lighter rain and calmer winds. But on Saturday, a stronger storm moves in.   We'll start with light rain in the morning; rain ramps up by late morning to midday, then heavy at times in the afternoon and evening.

Winds will increase Saturday afternoon as well.  While several factors will determine the actual strength of the winds, we could see wind gusts later Saturday afternoon and evening in the 30-40 mph range, especially north of Everett.  Again this is what to expect in neighborhoods. Areas along the coast or near Puget Sound waterfronts could see higher wind gusts.

This time of the year, with the leaves still on most of the trees, we are more vulnerable to winds taking down branches and consequently powerlines. Also, the leaves tend to clog the storm drains, which could lead to street flooding during the heavier rain. So be prepared.

The winds should decrease Sunday morning, and we should see off and on showers during the day with some sun breaks in the afternoon. There will be a break in the stormy weather on Monday with partly sunny skies and only a couple of showers.

Copyright 2016 KING


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