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Here’s an update on the wind and rain threat for this weekend: Basically, it’s much less menacing than previous models suggested.
The storm system is developing off the California coast currently as seen in this satellite image.
The models are projecting the storm to begin weakening, spreading, and then splitting apart before making landfall somewhere between northern Washington and Oregon on Saturday. The system will bring some light to moderate winds near the Puget Sound (15-25mph) and higher winds (20-50mph) to the western Cascade foothills. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for the east Puget Sound Lowlands.
The system will also be a rain producer starting late tonight and early Saturday morning. Heavier rain, and showers will continue throughout the day on Saturday.
The next system to watch will be arriving early next week. This storm is mixed with the remnants of Hurricane Ana. Currently the system appears to landfall on Vancouver Island Tuesday, and potentially bring strong winds to the Puget Sound. Similarly to Saturday’s storm: forecasters will have to watch the track and strength to determine the impacts.
Keep updated as the forecasts may change for tomorrow and for Tuesday.
We’re in the wet and windy season in the Pacific Northwest, which is going to become much more evident over the next week. If you live in the Puget Sound region you should keep up to date with the latest information from the National Weather Service and other media sources, because forecasts can change quickly.
First, here’s an update on the wind/rain event Tuesday night into Wednesday. We’re still set to see a round of heavy rain accompanying moderate winds in the Puget Sound. The forecasting computer models have changed slightly and delayed the arrival of the system, so now we’re looking at the wind and rain to arrive early Wednesday morning instead of Tuesday night. The strongest winds will be prevalent at around 8:00am.
The next weather event that will be watched closely by anyone that follows weather in our region will arrive this Saturday. This storm is predicted to rapidly develop off the Oregon/California coast. It will then take a classic major windstorm track from the south and make landfall near the opening of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. If the models maintain this track and strength up to the event, we could be looking at a damaging wind event along with heavy rainfall.
Only three days after this potentially serious storm system, we could be facing yet another impactful event next Tuesday. This time it would be from the remnants of the late Hurricane Ana that missed Hawaii.
Stay tuned for model analysis and updates here on PSWxGeek!
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