WEATHER: Snow, Ice Storm, Rain…Next Up – WIND & FLOODING!


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Just when you thought things had calmed down after a wild week of wacky wintry weather comes a ‘Wind Advisory‘ from the National Weather Service, warning of winds from 20-30 MPH with gusts up to 45 MPH from midnight tonight through Saturday morning.

Here’s the latest advisory, issued at 8:55 p.m. Friday night (Jan. 20):

…WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 10 AM PST SATURDAY…

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…EVERETT…SEATTLE…TACOMA…OLYMPIA.

* TIMING…SOUTH WINDS WILL INCREASE LATE TONIGHT AS A STRONG TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE MOVES ACROSS THE AREA.

* WIND…SOUTH WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.

* IMPACTS…GUSTY WINDS MAY SNAP TREE BRANCHES AND CAUSE LOCAL POWER OUTAGES. AREAS WITH TREE AND LIMB DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE ICE STORM MAY SEE NUMEROUS ADDITIONAL FALLING LIMBS. BEWARE SNAGS WHICH ARE LIKELY TO FALL WHEN THE WIND INCREASES OVERNIGHT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 TO 39 MPH OR GUSTS OF 45 TO 57 MPH ARE LIKELY.

Oh, and did we forget to mention that they also issued a ‘Flood Advisory,’ in effect until Saturday afternoon:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED AN URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR RAIN AND MELTING SNOW IN…

CLALLAM COUNTY…
ISLAND COUNTY…
JEFFERSON COUNTY…
SAN JUAN COUNTY…
SKAGIT COUNTY…
WHATCOM COUNTY…
KING COUNTY…
KITSAP COUNTY…
LEWIS COUNTY…
MASON COUNTY…
PIERCE COUNTY…
SNOHOMISH COUNTY…
THURSTON COUNTY…
GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY…

* UNTIL 330 PM PST SATURDAY.

* AT 331 PM PST RAIN GAGE REPORTS AND NWS DOPPLER RADAR SHOWED MODERATE RAIN OVER MOST OF THE ADVISORY AREA. AMOUNTS RANGE FROM OVER AN INCH IN THE SOUTHWEST WHERE THE RAIN BEGAN SEVERAL HOURS AGO TO A FEW HUNDREDTHS OR ZERO TO THE NORTH WHERE THE RAIN IS JUST GETTING STARTED.

LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN WITH OCCASIONALLY HEAVY RAIN WILL OVERSPREAD THE ENTIRE AREA TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY. TOGETHER WITH MELTING SNOW OVER THE LOWLANDS…EXPECT PONDING OF WATER ON ROADS AND IN NEIGHBORHOODS. STORMWATER WILL POOL IN THE SNOW COVER BEFORE EVENTUALLY MELTING AND RUNNING OFF. IN ADDITION…THE SNOW COVER AND ICE COULD BE BLOCKING STORM DRAINS AND/OR CULVERTS WHICH COULD ALSO RESULT IN EXCESSIVE PONDING OF WATER OR CAUSE SMALL STREAM TO OVERFLOW THEIR BANKS.

RUNOFF FROM THE RAIN AND MELTING SNOW WILL INCREASE THE POSSIBILITY OF LANDSLIDES AND DEBRIS FLOWS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

CLEARING NEARBY STORM DRAINS COULD HELP LESSEN THE PONDING OF WATER.

DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF FLOOD WATERS. ONLY A FEW INCHES OF RAPIDLY FLOWING WATER CAN QUICKLY CARRY AWAY YOUR VEHICLE.

And here’s the latest 7-day forecast:

Overnight: Rain. Temperature rising to around 40 by 5am. South wind between 16 and 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Saturday: Showers likely, mainly after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 46. Windy, with a southwest wind between 22 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday Night: Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Southwest wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday: Rain. High near 44. Southeast wind between 6 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Sunday Night: Rain. Low around 38. South southeast wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Monday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 43. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Monday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 37.

Tuesday: Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 47.

Tuesday Night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 37.

Wednesday: Rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51.

Wednesday Night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 37.

Thursday: Showers. Cloudy, with a high near 48.

Thursday Night: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 35.

Friday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 46.

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2 Responses to “WEATHER: Snow, Ice Storm, Rain…Next Up – WIND & FLOODING!”
  1. M-on-a-bike says:

    Glad I got that cypress down. If the snow and ice didn’t fell that tree, another wind storm would have!

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  2. Kathy Keene says:

    Hi everyone, I am so sorry to hear about all your crazy weather!! I won’t get into the weather down here in the Sunshine State… that would just be too cruel. Know that my heart is w/ y’all, but I am really glad I’m here not there. :-}

    Hang in there Maureen. I know your yard will be beautiful again.

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