Updated Friday 1:40 p.m.
A bit more of a traditional Seattle rainy day out there as the massive storm that brought the big waves Thursday continues to swirl offshore, although in a much weaker form than it was Thursday.
The storm is continuing to fizzle and and will be vanquished by late tonight. But still has just enough left in the tank to continue to spin some periods of light rain this evening and overnight. Lows will be around 40.
The daylight hours of Saturday will begin relatively calm with just a few showers and highs in the upper 40s. But another storm is heading in for Saturday night and this one too packs a bit of a punch with heavy rains, and strong winds in spots.
Rain will develop around midnight and it'll rain steadily into midday Sunday. As for winds, they will be strongest along the coast and far Northwest Interior -- areas susceptible to a southeast wind.
It'll also be quite windy in spots -- mainly the coast and far Northwest Interior (basically Skagit/Whatcom County, the San Juans and Whidbey/Camano Islands). The way the incoming front is aligned, it'll be areas exposed to a southeast wind that will feel the greatest wind impact.
Winds will start to pick up along the coast and Northwest Interior just before midnight with peak winds expected in the 1-8 a.m. range Sunday morning. Right now, forecasted gusts could be as high as 50-60 mph, although some models there go even a touch higher, especially on the North Coast and Haro Strait/San Juan Island (the main island, although all the islands in the chain in general will be windy too). Not the time to be on a smaller boat.
For the Puget Sound region, we're not expecting as strong of winds as we're somewhat sheltered from a southeast wind. Still, we could eke enough of a southerly wind to reach gusts of 35-45 mph. Again we're taking pre-dawn into early Sunday daybreak for peak winds.
Winds and rain will decrease as we get closer to midday Sunday although still plenty of showers around, especially in the Convergence Zone. Highs will stay in the mid-upper 40s.
By now, we've added enough rain that small landslides could be a risk. Also, plenty of snow will fall in the mountains so keep an eye on conditions if you're heading over the passes.
We calm down a bit for next week, but not all the way. Generally, the weather pattern looks cool and showery as a series of weak to moderate weather systems slide through every 24-48 hours. That brings periods of rain each day with fresh bouts of mountain snow, but nothing particularly stormy at this time. Highs will be right around the normal upper 40s.
Have a great weekend!
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