The winterlike storm will bring winds to the area Friday, with gusts as high as 60 mph in Seattle.
A storm passing through Western Washington will bring strong winds and rain to the coast and the Puget Sound region Friday, with gusts up to 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
The wind is expected to pick up by midday, and by the afternoon in Seattle sustained wind speeds of 20 to 40 mph.
“It will pick up rather abruptly in the late morning — I’d say around 11 — and will peak sometime in the time frame of 2 and 5” in the afternoon, said meteorologist Dustin Guy.
The weather service first issued on Wednesday a high wind watch for the Washington and Oregon coasts, but expanded its warning to the Puget Sound interior — including for Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Port Townsend, Whidbey Island, the San Juan Islands and Bellingham — late Thursday morning.
And there will be rain everywhere, but especially on the Olympic Peninsula, which could get 3 to 5 inches Friday.
The storm is caused by a deep area of low pressure that Thursday was well offshore of Northern California, moving north.
Guy said it’s an unusually strong storm for this time of year, more like a winter storm than a spring storm. “We’re usually starting to enter the period of, shall I say, benign weather,” he said.
With the damp soil and strong winds, combined with new leaves emerging, some trees could topple during this storm, he said.
The weather will continue to be unsettled through at least Monday, with a slight break in the action Sunday afternoon.
“We might see a little sunshine” that day, Guy said.