Are You Ready for Some Rain? Some Wind? Weather Changing This Weekend


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The National Weather Service issued a “Special Weather Statement” Thursday morning (Oct. 11), warning Puget Sound area residents that a serious change of weather is a-movin’ in, disrupting our record-breaking dry streak with heavy rain beginning Saturday.

Windy conditions are also forecast over this period, so be sure to batten down your blue tarps (NOTE TO SELF: don’t forget to bring in the BBQ!) and plan our weekend accordingly (so much for that family trek to the pumpkin patch and corn maze…).

Please note also that these rains may make roads slick, and may cause yellow, dried-up lawns to resemble living things again.

Here’s the full statement in its ALL CAPS entirety:

…HEAVY RAIN POSSIBLE ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON THIS WEEKEND THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK…

A PATTERN CHANGE WILL BRING WET WEATHER BACK TO WESTERN WASHINGTON FRIDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND AFTER A PROLONGED DRY SPELL. WEAK WEATHER SYSTEMS WILL AFFECT THE AREA ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY WITH WIDESPREAD MEASURABLE RAINFALL EXPECTED. A STRONGER SYSTEM WILL THEN STEER HEAVY RAIN INTO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST LATE SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH POSSIBLY AS LATE AS MONDAY NIGHT.

IF THE FORECAST MODELS ARE CORRECT…THIS WILL BE THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT STORM OF THE SEASON. SOME FORECAST MODELS SHOW SEVERAL INCHES OF RAIN IN THE MOUNTAINS WITH SHARP RISES EXPECTED ON THE RIVERS. THE OLYMPICS MAY SEE 4 TO 8 INCHES OF RAIN THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT…WITH 2 TO 5 INCHES POSSIBLE IN THE CASCADES. AS FOR THE LOWLANDS…THE COAST MAY SEE 1 TO 4 INCHES…WITH 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAIN IN THE INTERIOR.

BREEZY TO WINDY CONDITIONS ARE ALSO FORECAST OVER THIS PERIOD. THE COAST AND NORTH INTERIOR ARE LIKELY TO BE THE WINDIEST LOCATIONS.

MODELS HAVE NOT PINNED DOWN THE EXACT STORM TRACK SO THERE ARE SOME UNCERTAINTIES IN THE TIMING AND IMPACTS OF THIS SYSTEM. MONITOR FORECASTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOR THE LATEST UPDATES.

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