National Weather Service predicting strong winds, rain on Saturday

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The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement advising residents that a strong Pacific storm could bring strong winds and locally heavy rain to Western Washington on Saturday, Aug. 29.

A much stronger system will impact the region on Saturday with the potential to bring winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts of 45 to 50 mph to parts of the coast, northwest, and I-5 corridor. Winds this strong usually occur in fall and winter.

Thus this wind event could create more problems due to the deciduous trees still having their leaves. This will make the branches more prone to snapping in strong winds. In addition to the possibility of downed tree limbs, the gusty winds could cause local power outages.

Rain will be locally heavy at times on Saturday. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are forecast for the coast and in the mountains with a half to one inch elsewhere during the 24 hour period ending at 5 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 30. This amount of rain will likely end or help reduce the size of any ongoing wildfires.

In addition to the wind and rain,  temperatures will be below normal on Saturday. Highs are forecast to be mainly in the mid to upper 60s across the Lowlands.

Those planning outdoor activities in the mountains in particular this weekend should pay close attention to the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service.

3 COMMENTS

  1. NOAA has predicted that the El Nino currently building in the Pacific Ocean will be the most severe since the one of 1996-97. If my memory serves correct (a big IF at age 65), that winter saw severe weather such as the December snow which collapsed the Edmonds Marina and the January rain which caused the landslide near Pt. Wells that knocked a passing BNSF freight train into Puget Sound.

    Saturday’s predicted rain and wind may well be the harbinger of a wet and wild winter to come.

  2. Ill believe that when I see it we need rain eastern washington needs rain. We need a good wet cold winter with lots of snow got it on the east coast and half across the US last year maybe are turn this year got to go watching golf You are correct it was 96 97 one big storm 2 feet snow then it was over

  3. There was some rain this morning and the winds have arrived. I hope it rains heavily in the areas where the wild fires are located.

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