SEATTLE -- The first storm that rolled through this weekend packed a bit of a punch, knocking out power to over 20,000 amid 50+ mph wind gusts and bringing a new foot of snow to the mountains.
Mother Nature seems to be saying: "What say we do it again?"
A second storm is heading our way Sunday, almost following the same script as Saturday's storm, albeit perhaps a touch later in the day, with rain arriving in the afternoon hours, and a period of strong winds to follow in the evening and nighttime hours.
A High Wind Warning is in effect for the coast from noon until midnight for the coast for potential gusts to 65 mph. A Wind Advisory is in effect for much of the rest of the region, including the Seattle/Puget Sound metro area, for gusts up to 50-55 mph -- about on par with Saturday's storm, although forecast models suggest this Sunday storm might be a touch weaker than Saturday's. Winds should pick up in the Seattle area sometime this evening.
In addition, more rain and snow are coming for the mountains. A Flood Warning is in effect for the Skokomish River for minor flooding while a Flood Watch is in effect for all rivers in Mason, Grays Harbor, Lewis and Thurston Counties.
And up in the mountains, a fresh Winter Storm Warning has been issued for as much as 1-3 feet of new snow.
50 mph gusts common Saturday evening
Some of the peak wind gusts from Saturday's storm were quite impressive. In the Puget Sound region, Alki Beach reached a gust of 56 mph while Everett hit a gust of 54 mph, Seattle hit 52 mph and Tacoma hit 45 mph.
Outside the Puget Sound region, Bellingham hit 56 mph, Hoquiam hit 54 mph and Westport hit a gust of 60. It was even stronger offshore where Destruction Island hit 71 mph and Tattoosh Island hit 69.
On or near the water, it was a bit harrowing. The 520 Bridge reported a gust to 46 mph while the Edmonds ferry had a gust to 48 mph while in the middle of Puget Sound. Sounds like the Port Towsnend to Coupeville run was also a bit... rocky:
@ScottSKOMO PT--Coupeville ferry cancelled for high wind. Friend just arrived said San Juan run was, uh, very exciting.— Christopher Hodgkin (@Everyman98250) February 16, 2014
The winds knocked out power to about 3,900 Seattle City Light customers when a tree branch fell into a power line. Peninsula Light reported 1,100 in the dark on Fox Island, and Puget Sound Energy had just over 1,000 without power. But the largest outage was in Snohomish County where over 15,000 lost power -- mainly in the Lake Stevens area.
Most, if not all outages had been restored by Sunday morning.
Up in the mountains, the first of what will be several inches of snow to fall through the end of the week pummeled the passes. Snoqualmie and Stevens Passes reported 8 inches of new snow in about 8 hours with more on the way.
The new week promises much of the same, with new storms forecast for Monday night into Tuesday and another on Thursday. These look a little less intense in the wind department but will bring snow measured in feet to the mountains.