WeatherWatcher: Wind Advisory in effect starting 10pm Saturday night

Saturday, January 5, 2019

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a wind advisory for the Puget Sound region, including the areas of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. The wind advisory is in effect from Saturday night at 10pm until Sunday morning at 10am. Winds are expected to peak between 1am and 3am Sunday morning in our area. This storm system is moving from south to north through the center of the Puget Sound.

Southerly to southwest winds are expected to increase shortly after midnight to 20-35 mph, with gusts as high as 50mph. This storm has the potential to be as strong or stronger than our first wind storm in December. Local power outages are expected as well as snapped tree branches. Some down trees might be possible also.

As the day has progressed there continues to be some uncertainty with the forecast models in the strength of this windstorm. Some models indicate gusts as high as 60mph, where others expect gusts to only reach 40mph.

Bottom line: Be prepared for the possibility of power outages and fallen tree debris. This is likely going to be our second strongest, or strongest wind event of the winter season so far. Power outages should be about the same or less than our first storm, since we've had our trees pruned by the first storm earlier in December.

For current weather conditions visit and check out the Richmond Beach station for accurate measurement of wind gusts overnight.


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