A big storm that is affecting most of the entire Pacific Coastline is bringing steady rains and gusty winds to Western Washington Thursday.
So far, the strongest gust in populated areas has been 58 mph in Bellingham. Here are some other gusts from the storm.
- Tattoosh Island: 63 mph
- Destruction Island: 60 mph
- Alki Beach: 58 mph
- Bellingham: 58 mph
- Oak Harbor: 56 mph
- Everett: 55 mph
- Hoquiam: 49 mph
- Astoria, OR: 48 mph
- Forks: 47 mph
- Tacoma: 47 mph
- Seattle (Sea-Tac): 43 mph
- Friday Harbor: 41 mph
Here is a visual of what 50 mph winds looks like along the coast:
A Wind Advisory is in effect until midnight for the area of Everett west to Port Townsend and north to the Canadian Border, including Whidbey, Camano and San Juan Islands. Winds will continue to gust to 45-50 mph at times through the afternoon and evening.
For the rest of the area, it'll be a blustery day, but wind gusts will top out at 30-40 mph.
In addition to the wind, it'll be quite wet. In the lowlands, we're expecting about an inch of rain -- on par with a typical November storm. In the mountains, rainfall totals could reach 2-5" which too, is not too out of the ordinary. The higher totals appear to be focused on the North Cascades and southern Olympics, and a Flood Watch remains in effect for basically the Skokomish River. The Flood Watch for the Nooksack has been canceled, and the Green River is in good shape with no problems expected there.
Another calling card from the storm will be large waves along the coastal beaches Friday and the weekend. The center of this storm is in the Gulf of Alaska and has strength on par with a Category 3 hurricane. Thankfully, the storm is so far away that we are spared the worst of the rain and wind, but seas in the Gulf are expected to reach 40 feet.
Those waves will expand outward from the storm, and should still be between 20-30 feet high when they reach the Washington and Oregon coast Friday and Saturday. Here's Rockaway Beach today:
Wind and rain will calm down Thursday night.
The attention then shifts to the mountains for Friday and the weekend as cooler air moves into the region behind this storm. Snow levels will drop to 3,000 feet Friday morning, then perhaps a little lower over the weekend. With more weather systems pegged to move through, the mountains could get quite a bit of snow accumulating, so factor that in to any weekend travel plans.