Widespread rain throughout the Puget Sound region and a wind advisory on Washington’s coast Wednesday herald our region’s typical fall weather. It will be wet Thursday, Friday, Saturday and probably Sunday, too.
But if you’re lamenting the sudden change in seasons, don’t despair yet. Next week looks to be a beautiful, sunny, clear-sky reprieve, according to Carly Kovacik, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Seattle.
Wednesday’s wind advisory, which lasted until 5 p.m., was only for the coast, where the southerly wind clocked in at around 30 to 45 miles per hour, though gales in some areas further north reached closer to 50 miles per hour, said NWS meteorologist Samantha Borth. A small craft advisory has been issued for the offshore waters, she said.
No warnings were in place for Seattle, which saw steady breezes around 15 to 20 miles per hour, Borth said.
But with this being our first windy event of the season and the trees still full of leaves, there could be a chance for power outages and local flooding.
The National Weather Service tweeted that folks should clear the storm drains near their homes, prepare for outages and generally get ready for the rainy season.
Borth said nearly continual and widespread rain is expected on Thursday, Friday and throughout the weekend. There’s also a chance of thunderstorms in the Puget Sound region Thursday afternoon into evening, she said.
By Monday, however, things could be drier, as a high-pressure system is expected to move into the region.
“Next week looks really nice,” said Kovacik. “Starting Monday and continuing through the week, all our models show a high-pressure system with mostly sunny, nice seasonal fall weather.”