Spring storm brings more wind, rain

Spring storm brings more wind, rain
SEATTLE -- Another spring storm is sweeping across Western Washington, causing scattered power outages and bringing more snow to the mountains.

Overnight several hundred Puget Sound Energy customers lost power in Mercer Island and Renton, and at least one school was closed because they had no electricity.

Seattle City Light crews were restoring scattered outages in the Rainier Beach area.

Some peak gusts as of midday Monday include a 57 mph gust at Oak Harbor, 51 mph at Seattle's Alki Beach, 48 mph in Arlington, 47 mph at Everett and Shelton, 43 mph in Tacoma, 41 mph in Port Angeles, 40 mph in Gig Harbor and 39 mph in Bellingham.

Winds of 20 to 30 mph are expected through the day on Monday, with gusts to around 40-50 mph likely in some areas.

The spot expected to have the greatest wind speeds is along Admiralty Inlet which would include the western shores of Whidbey Island. A High Wind Warning is in effect here through 9 p.m. Monday for a few westerly gusts of 45-55 mph, maybe a gust to 60 mph.

For the rest of Western Washington, a lesser Wind Advisory remains in effect through 7 p.m. for occasional gusts to 40-45 mph, with maybe a few isolated gusts to 50 mph in exposed areas along shorelines and ridgetops. (The High Wind Warning around Everett and Mount Vernon was downgraded a wind advisory too.)

Winds die down all areas Monday afternoon into Monday evening.

Mountain Snow:

This storm will also bring a late season dose of snow to the mountains. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through 6 a.m. Tuesday. Snow level will be around 5,000 feet Sunday night, but will drop to 2,500 feet Monday morning.

We could see 6-12 inches of snow by Monday night, with greatest amounts above 3,500 feet. Gusty winds to 35-45 mph are possible during the day Monday up there making blowing snow a concern as well.

Just be sure to check the mountain pass reports before you head up there. (You can call 511 for road information for free. I just used it last week on a trip through the mountains. Works great!)

Snow levels will remain low into Tuesday with snow showers continuing in the mountains.

Active Tuesday, too

The main rain and wind will be done with Monday evening, but with a very cold air mass in place on Tuesday, it's a recipe for heavy showers roaming around with potential for thunderstorms with hail and/or ice pellets. A Convergence Zone is also a good bet for Tuesday morning in the usual Everett to Northgate area, bringing a higher chance of thunderstorms there.

The zone could also slide south into Seattle during the day or afternoon, so keep an eye to the skies Tuesday as well.

By Wednesday, we start getting back to some semblance of normal with calmer weather the rest of the week -- which would be nice to have a Mother's Day without so much Mother Nature.