Yet another blustery day on tap Thursday

Yet another blustery day on tap Thursday
SEATTLE -- I don't know if anyone really has any hatches that need battening down anymore, but perhaps grab the can of ultra-hold hair spray and put some pine tar on the umbrella handles Thursday as we're set to have another blustery day around Western Washington.

Another storm is marching toward the region -- Number 3 of the 10 weather systems pegged to move through over the next two weeks -- and it's pegged to be the strongest of the trio, as far as wind as concerned.

A High Wind Warning is in effect for the coast for Thursday for gusts as high as 60 mph. A lesser Wind Advisory is in effect from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday for pretty much the rest of the region, save for the greater Port Angeles-Sequim area.

For the greater Seattle/Puget Sound Metro area and southwestern Washington, we're expecting gusts to 40-50 mph. Gusts could go a little higher to 55 mph around the Everett area and the Northwest Interior.

Forecasting models put this storm about on par with the one that blew through on March 2 -- enough to perhaps cause a few power outages and knock over a few trees, but we are not expecting a major windstorm.

Southerly winds will pick up along the coast around dawn and continue to blow through the day. Winds will then increase in the Northwest Interior by mid to late morning and could see gusts to 50-60 mph.

For the Puget Sound area, winds are expected to increase in the midday with peak gusts in the late afternoon or early evening, as high as 40-50 mph.

In addition, it'll be a soggy day with steady rains falling through afternoon when it'll change to showers after the front passes.

Long range forecasts show perhaps a brief break in the weather on Friday, but there are several other storms out there with our name on it for the weekend and next week. Good thing pine tar lasts a while!