Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Evening Forecast Discussion:
Tonight is truly the “calm before the storm” as conditions will become very wet and windy (and eventually snowy in the mountains) through most of the weekend. Overnight tonight, spots that cleared will cloud up and winds become breezy ahead of this weekend’s strong storm tomorrow.
Saturday will likely be very wet at times with the bulk of the rain coming through early Saturday morning becoming showery in the afternoon. Gusty along the coast, especially in the morning with gusts above 40-50mph at times. Seas also rough with waves above 15-20 feet. In the mountains, Pass levels will see anywhere from 2-5″ of snow so it may be the first time to pull out the chains this weekend. Higher elevations may see up to or more than a foot of new snow by the end of the weekend!
The showers continue on and off through early next week as we settle into a more typical pattern for this time of year, with highs in the lower 50s and occasional sun breaks. Another strong storm is poised to blast through on Thursday and Friday.
Have a great weekend!
– Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
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