Expect a windy, wet morning commute in the Seattle area on Tuesday.
It’s called December.
After a soggy Sunday that produced more than triple the normal rainfall, a storm strong enough to knock power out in some areas was expected to hit Western Washington early Tuesday.
In the Seattle area, winds were expected to hold off until later Tuesday morning, with steady winds of 15 to 25 mph, along with rain, possible during the Tuesday-morning commute hours.
The rain should taper off into afternoon showers, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Ni Cushmeer.
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A particularly noisy storm hit some Puget Sound areas between 2 and 6 a.m. Monday, as winds with gusts of about 30 mph lashed rain into windows.
“It was impressive-sounding at least,” said Chris Burke of the National Weather Service.
About a third of an inch of rain was recorded at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport between midnight and 6 a.m.
By 8 p.m. Monday, 0.53 inches of rain had dropped at Sea-Tac, where Seattle’s official weather statistics are gathered.
Sea-Tac had 0.77 inches of rain Sunday, compared with a normal amount for the date of 0.20.
The wettest Dec. 2 on record was in 1975, with 1.75 inches of rain.
Showers are likely to continue through the week, but aren’t expected to be as heavy.
“Precipitation should decrease gradually to a chance of showers by the time we get to this weekend,” Cushmeer said.
Cushmeer said it doesn’t look like heavy rain should be returning anytime soon, but colder temperatures could be.