Updated Thursday 5:50 a.m.
Lingering showers made for pockets of damp pavement for the early commute, but there is a lot more rain waiting out over the Pacific. A stretched out frontal system will curl into the region during the day, bringing increasing rain and wind by this afternoon. Gusts near the beaches and Northwest Interior will ramp up to 35-45 mph, and we'll be blustery around Elliott Bay, too, with south winds picking up over 25 mph near Seattle later this afternoon. Highs will again run warm for December, with afternoon temps on either side of 50 degrees.
The rain will give way to scattered showers and sunbreaks tomorrow, but another round of steady moisture steers in late Friday night. Saturday promises to be soggy and gusty, with highs again at or above 50 degrees. This warmth keeps the snow level high, so Stevens and Snoqualmie Passes will be wet rather than white most of the weekend (great for pass travel, bad for building a snow base at the resorts!). Sunday stays rainy at times, too, with highs well into the 50s during the afternoon.
Next week, the steady moisture breaks apart into widely scattered showers, and as we run out of rain, we'll see longer dry and partly sunny periods leading up to Christmas. Temps will begin to slide back down to 'normal' (average highs are in the middle 40s around the Sound in late December), with afternoon highs on Tuesday and Christmas Eve in the 40s.
Have a great morning,
Meteorologist Shannon O'Donnell
The KOMO4 Forecast Team