Updated Tuesday 4:40 p.m.
Even sunny days in November can come with their own weather challenges in the Pacific Northwest.
A strong northeast wind roaring out of the Fraser River Valley at speeds over 50 mph is spreading south and west across parts of the Puget Sound region and Kitsap County, triggering scattered power outages and some tree falls.
Bellingham has reported a peak gust of 52 mph, while Hansville reported a 57 mph gust, the Vashon Island ferry had a 40 mph gust, and Sea-Tac Airport registered a 39 mph gust. A Wind Advisory is in effect for Whatcom, San Juan, and Kitsap Counties until 6 a.m. Wednesday for continued gusts to 45-50 mph, through the evening and early night time hours, although winds will slowly abate overnight.
For the areas not in the direct outflow from the Fraser Valley, winds will be blustery but range from 15-35 mph (the closer to Puget Sound, the windier you'll be.) Normally those wind speeds wouldn't be causing tens of thousands of outages, but they're coming from the opposite direction (north) than our typical windstorms do, so the trees aren't really braced for it.
The air blowing into the region isn't particularly cold, but it is quite dry, and combined with the fast-becoming crystal-clear skies, that will allow temperatures to rapidly cool overnight. Lows will drop to the mid 20s to low 30s Tuesday night -- a terrible situation for those who now find themselves without power overnight.
Wednesday will be sunny but chilly with the breezy north wind that will let up some, but not all the way. Highs will be around 40.
As the winds slacken Wednesday night, we're looking at the coldest temperatures of the season so far, with lows dropping to near 20 in the outlying areas to the mid 20s in Seattle.
Thanksgiving day will be another sunny and chilly one with highs in the upper 30s to mid 40s.
Sunny weather holds through the weekend with highs in the low-mid 40s and lows in the upper 20s to mid 30s.
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