WeatherWatcher: Wind Advisory, Forecast: Seasonal stormy weather

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Storm damage in Shoreline August 29, 2015.
Photo by Carl Dinse

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a high wind advisory for the greater Seattle area, including the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park areas. The advisory is in effect Wednesday 11am - 11pm. Southeast winds are expected to increase to 20-30mph with gusts as high as 40mph.

The latest forecast models indicate that winds will be gusting up to 35mph over Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, 40mph along the water. The strongest winds are likely between 2pm and 8pm.

Winds this strong and early in the season are likely to down trees, snap branches and cause power outages. 

The National Weather Service also warns to make sure you have flashlights and batteries in case of a power outage, and to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. In particular, barbecue grills, gas grills, and generators do not belong inside the house.


Wednesday. Along with the winds gusting to 40mph, we are looking at rain at times with steady rain increasing in the afternoon and evening. Here's where it gets tricky. Models show Shoreline and Lake Forest Park right at the southern edge of the Olympic Mountain rain shadow during this storm.
  • Seattle south is expecting 2.5 - 4 inches of rain Wednesday and Wednesday night. 
  • Rain shadow area (north of 145th street about) is expecting a storm total of 0.5 -1.5 inches of rain. 
So Wednesday and Wednesday night could see anywhere from half an inch to 4 inches of rain. Temperatures will remain in the upper 50's to near 60.

Thursday will start with steady rain decreasing to showers in the afternoon, with another half inch of rain possible. Showers to continue until Friday night. Highs in the mid 50's and lows in the 40's.

Weekend: Saturday steady rain returns lasting through Sunday night. Things look like they'll start calming down a little Monday and Tuesday with Tuesday being just partly sunny. Highs near either side of 60 and lows in the 40's.

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