After Sunday’s windstorm ripped through the region, forecasters expect rain showers in Seattle on Tuesday and then sun Wednesday through Friday.
After Sunday’s fatal windstorm, rain showers are likely to continue in Seattle until Wednesday, when meteorologists say sunny skies are forecast for the rest of the workweek.
The weather outlook calls for some sunshine Wednesday through Friday, with typical springtime high temperatures in the 50-degree range, National Weather Service meteorologist Jay Neher said.
“After Wednesday, a chance of showers is out of the forecast,” he said. “It looks like we will have three good, dry days.”
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The King County Medical Examiner Monday identified him as 42-year-old Eric Medalle. He was in the driver’s seat of a BMW sport-utility vehicle in Seattle’s Seward Park when an evergreen tree collapsed onto the vehicle and killed him. Also in the vehicle was a toddler, whom medics took to Harborview Medical Center with minor injuries.
Sunday’s fierce winds also knocked out power to tens of thousands of Puget Sound residents, causing utility crews to scramble for widespread fixes.
By Monday evening, Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy reported fewer than 8,560 customers without power.
Sunday’s strong gusts destroyed scaffolding outside Clark Hall on the University of Washington campus. No one was injured, though a few cars sustained damage.
Transportation crews reopened the Highway 520 bridge about 1:20 a.m. Monday after the brunt of the storm. WSDOT spokesman Travis Phelps said a piece of the bridge’s guide-roller system, which allows the draw span to move up and down, needed repair after the heavy winds.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport recorded just under 0.6 of an inch of precipitation Sunday, raising the month’s total to 4.22 inches. Typically, around this time of March, meteorologists report about 1.62 inches, Neher said.
For Tuesday, showers are likely before 11 p.m., then partly sunny skies for the week starting Wednesday, according to the service.
Forecasters expect relatively typical wind speeds, ranging from 13 to 15 mph Tuesday, a sharp contrast to Sunday’s 50 mph gusts.