Beware the ides of...May? Howling winds, rain falling sideways, and more late-season mountain snow. Remind me, what month is it again?
Winter-like winds are impacting Western Washington as a strong storm by May standards curls in Vancouver Island. Gusts over 50 mph from Port Townsend north to Friday Harbor and Bellingham Bay have caused tree damage, not surprising considering the added weight of newly emerged foliage on trees already stressed by these strong winds. Flickering lights and a few power outages will be possible...even in Puget Sound, where winds will gust to 40 mph.
While the highest wind gusts were clocked this morning, blustery conditions remain throughout the afternoon. The south wind has now flipped westerly in the wake of a vigorous cold front. The resultant onshore flow breaks apart the uniform rain of this morning to more sunshine this afternoon. The exception will be Snohomish County, where a thin line of convergence zone showers will be long-lived this evening. Bursts of small hail and isolated thunder will be possible from Everett to West Lake Stevens. This same band of precipitation could put Stevens Pass in a period of heavy snow tonight. In fact, all the mountain passes have a chance of accumulating snow into Thursday morning.
Despite a few lingering showers on Thursday, we start to turn the corner toward much quieter weather this weekend. A rare dry spell starts Friday with gradual warming to our first 70-degree day of the month this Sunday.
Meteorologist Kristin Clark
The KOMO 4-Cast Team
Updated Wednesday Afternoon
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