First, it looks like early Friday morning we will have some wind… Details are still sketchy depending on the track and strength, but regardless, it looks like we should prepare now…. There is a “Special Weather Statement” that was posted by the NWS at 1:41pm today.
...Windy Conditions Expected on Friday...
Impacts from winds on early Friday morning are possible. This
would include scattered power outages and tree damage. The timing
of the wind would bring impacts to the metro area during the
Friday morning commute.
At this time, the most likely outcome is as follows. The
increased winds are expected between 3 and 9 AM on Friday. The
strongest winds would be found across the central and southern
Puget Sound area, including the Seattle Metro Area, for sustained
Southwest winds of 20 to 35 mph and peak wind gusts around 50
Uncertainty in exact specifics remains and wind speeds will be
subject to the exact strength and track of the low pressure system,
as well as localized effects of hill tops and valleys. The
system is expected to track across the northwest Olympic Peninsula
early Friday morning.
Changes in tracks or storm strength would produce higher or lower
wind speeds and more or less impacts. Stay tuned for updates on
the most likely outcome and forecast of wind speeds in Western
Washington for this storm system.
Over the next 48 hours, there will be a plethora of tweets by local meteorologists…. To the average layman, they can be very confusing and hard to read. A few days ago, Scott Sistek posted a great blog that clearly explains a lot of the cryptic tweets by local meteorologists. A good read for those who want to follow the weather closely on Twitter....
Click Here For Scott's Blog