'May'-what? Yet another late windstorm takes aim at Northwest

'May'-what? Yet another late windstorm takes aim at Northwest
SEATTLE -- What part of "May" does Mother Nature not understand?

The stormy season is typically done around mid-March. But this stormy season has been anything but typical.

We were mildly surprised when a wind storm rolled in on April 2. We were dumfounded when another windstorm blasted ashore on May 2.

But now as we stand just over four weeks away from the summer solstice and the start of our boring season, here comes yet another windstorm rolling toward Western Washington.

The storm itself isn't exceedingly strong -- expected to be about 990 milibars central pressure for those who keep track, meaning if this were November, we'd just glance out at the angling trees and fret about clogged gutters as we go back to clipping turkey coupons. But in late May when the trees are full, lower wind speeds have a bit more potential for damage.

After a calm and rather mild morning Wednesday, winds are expected to pick up along the south coast around midday Wednesday as the storm's rather developed cold front arrives, and then a surge of wind will roll in behind the front as it moves from south to north during the afternoon.

A High Wind Warning is in effect from 3 p.m. to midnight for the coast as southerly winds are expected to gust between 50-60 mph. A lesser Wind Advisory is in effect for the Northwest Interior, including Everett, Bellingham, and Whidbey Island, for gusts of 40-50 mph. A Wind Advisory has now also been issued for the greater Seattle/Tacoma/Bremerton area starting at 1 p.m. for possible gusts to 45 mph.

For what's left of Western Washington, which is basically Southwestern Washington (Olympia south) and the Port Angeles/Sequim area, wind speeds are not expected to gust much over 40 mph so no advisories are in effect here.

It stays windy all evening and night along the coast, but once the front passes, we might get a brief few-hour break from the strong winds in the interior (gusts to 20-30 mph), but winds are expected to pick back up again to those 35-45 mph gusts in the late evening through the night as the storm's center goes by offshore and makes landfall into northern Vancouver Island. (This is a little different than the usual windstorm script because this storm is coming in almost south-to-north as opposed to a more typical southwest-northeast or west-to-east.)

Again, not a major wind storm, but a few scattered power outages here and there are not out of the question.

In addition to the wind, we'll see a good dose of rain with this event, developing around midday to early afternoon.

Once we get into late Wednesday night, the winds and rain will taper off and the air mass will cool. By Thursday, snow levels will be down around 3,000-3,500 feet amid showers, meaning Stevens Pass could get a little snow on the sidelines.

Long range models keep it cool and showery for a while. At this point, we might have to drag out the dictionary to help Mother Nature with June's definition as well.