Winds, hail, thunder - oh, my! First Nov. storm blows in with gusto

Winds, hail, thunder - oh, my! First Nov. storm blows in with gusto
Hail in Bellevue
SEATTLE -- Knock, knock.

Who's there?

NOVEMBER!!!!! (Ember...ember...ember...)

Our stormy season didn't just kick off with a run-of-the-mill storm, but instead announced itself with great gusto, bringing a slate of strong winds, lightning, and hail.

The storm's cold front went through in the early afternoon, bringing a round of steady, drenching rains. Soon after the front passes, the winds kicked up -- gusting as high as 58 mph near Port Townsend, 51 mph in Oak Harbor, 39 mph in Port Angeles and Olympia, and 38 mph in Everett.

It was also significantly windy up around the Canadian border. Vancouver, B.C. reported a gust to 62 mph while Point Roberts, just on the U.S. side, reported 3-5 foot fir tree limbs down in strong gusts.

But it was a roaring Puget Sound Convergence Zone that formed in the evening that brought the heavy rain, hail and another punch of wind to the area between Seattle and Everett.

Hail was reported in such areas as Bellevue, West Seattle, Bothell, Sammamish, Edmonds, Issaquah and Everett, to name a few. Many places even reported as much as 1/4" accumulations, making it appear it had snowed!

The combination of the stormy weather knocked out power to thousands -- mainly north of Seattle. PSE reported 1,900 in the dark, mainly in pockets in Whatcom, Skagit and Island Counties, while Snohomish PUD had 6,800 in the dark, primarily in Edmonds and Mukilteo.

The wind speeds were typical for November, but usually the first true storm of the season tends to do more damage than a similar storm would do in, say, January because of leafy trees, they're heavier and easier to knock over. So that's likely why the number of outages Friday evening.

As this cold front continued to move through and off to the east, cooler air pushed into the area (hence, the definition of "cold front." ) which lowered snow levels in the mountains to 2,000 feet.

It brought the season's first major mountain snow to the passes, and I-90 was closed in both directions around Snoqualmie Pass for a while due to heavy snow.

We calm everything down Friday night for a few hours before another storm rolls in on Saturday. This one is weaker so wind isn't as much of a concern (still breezy though), but it will bring another round of rain and mountain snow.

Long range models maintain a cool, northwesterly flow that will keep the area generally rainy through the week with more and more snow piling up in the mountains. And there are hints the air mass will cool further as we get into Thanksgiving week with chilly highs in the low-mid 40s, if current projections hold.

In the meantime, welcome, November weather!

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