Updated Saturday 10:15 p.m.
Congratulations! If you're reading this, you still have power of SOME kind, even if it's just a barely-charged cell phone.
The forecast for Saturday night's windstorm verified very well, with winds picking up at the coast by mid-afternoon, and spreading into Puget Sound after dark. Peak gusts were at or above 60 mph near the coastal headlands and waterfront locations in the interior...southerly winds howling to 61 mph were strong enough to close the 520 bridge during the Husky game, as the gusts pulled the water from Lake Washington right over the bridge span and made for very treacherous driving. Downed trees and limbs litter the region, and over 100,000 homes and businesses were without power by 10 p.m.
The rain and the wind will continue to die down overnight as the very strong low--the center of this storm--moves deep into Northwestern Canada. Behind this, we'll see lingering showers and mostly cloudy skies, and lows will drop into the 40s around the Sound by dawn. Much calmer by daybreak!
Sunday will be a better day for getting outdoors to a soccer game, the pumpkin patch, or just to clean up the leaves and branches, post-storm. We'll see lingering showers or even a stray thundershower, but that will be pretty evenly balanced by sunbreaks and dry periods. Afternoon temps will top out in the 50s around Seattle, Tacoma and Everett.
Back-to-work Monday starts out dry, but look for increasing clouds late in the afternoon--a sign of the rain that returns late Monday night into Tuesday morning as another soggy fall disturbance races through the region. Wednesday will feature more of our seasonable showers-and-sunbreaks routine, with another bout of steadier rain to arrive Thursday.
That leads us to Friday: Halloween, of course. With all of the wind and rain of late, can we possibly eek (!) out a better scenario for trick-or-treating? At this point the forecasting models still bring occasional showers through on the 31st, so plan on rain jackets over the costumes for our ghosts and goblins for the moment, and hope for the best!
Have a great Sunday,
Meteorologist Shannon O'Donnell
The KOMO4 Forecast Team