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Category: Weather


Thunderstorms possible this afternoon

Thunderstorms may be on tap this afternoon, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures may reach 85 degrees today, making it the hottest day of the week. Friday and Saturday will be almost as warm with a high of 84.

However, there is a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Winds 6 to 11 miles per hour are also expected. Tonight’s high will be 58.

Meteorologist Cliff Mass said the thunderstorms will be “high-based, meaning that the rain will be falling for great distances through dry air.  Thus, only limited precipitation may reach the ground.  Lightning

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Storm causes power outages in Pierce, King counties

UPDATE as of 3:30 p.m. The 1100 block of Shaw Road is closed, and crews do not know when it will open.

A tree and power lines fell across cars in a parking lot at the west entrance to Green River Community College in Auburn, according to the school. Classes have been canceled due to a power outage. The Kent and Enumclaw campuses are running as scheduled.

INITIAL POST: This afternoon’s brief storm knocked power out to thousands of homes and businesses in Pierce and King counties.

Puget Sound Energy said a widespread outage was reported about 2 p.m.

It is affecting

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‘Wet, unsettled’ weather forecast through the weekend

Forecasters are warning of “wet, unsettled weather” through the weekend that could bring ½ to 1 ½ inches of rain to Western Washington by Friday.

Up to 5 inches of precipitation is possible in the mountains, which will drop the snow level to 7,000 feet today and about 5,000 feet by Friday night.

Mountain roads will be extremely wet although a little snow could fall in the Paradise area, according to a special weather statement from the National Weather Service.

Southeast winds will pummel the coast with gusts up to 40 miles per hour. The Puget Sound area will be

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Winds gusting as high as 50 mph today with possible thunderstorm

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory, warning that winds could gust up to 50 miles per hour today and tonight.

The advisory is in effect from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Tacoma, Olympia, Seattle, Everett, Bremerton, Shelton and Chehalis.

Forecasters said a cold front will move across the area this morning bringing southwest winds of 15 to 30 mph with 50 mph gusts.

Power outages and broken tree branches could accompany the storm, the Weather Service said.

Rain and thunderstorms are expected to last through the night, with possible snow showers before 11 a.m. Thursday. Any

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Up to 2 feet of snow expected to fall in mountains by Thursday

The same storm that’s set to bring heavy winds to Western Washington this week will also dump up to two feet of snow in the mountains, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning and avalanche watch from tonight until early Thursday morning.

Paradise, Snoqualmie Pass, White Pass, Stevens Pass and Mount Baker are expected to receive the most powder. The snow level is expected to fall to 1,500 feet late Wednesday and possibly rise above 4,000 feet briefly tonight and Wednesday morning.

Forecasters issued the avalanche watch due to fluctuating snow levels.

Today at Paradise,

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High winds, rain to hit Western Washington this week

A “vigorous” incoming storm is expected to bring strong winds and rain to Western Washington through Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The special weather statement warns of southerly winds 15 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 45 mph.

Forecasters said the storm should hit Tuesday evening and continue through Thursday morning, bringing up to two inches of rain.

Tuesday’s high is supposed to be 50 degrees.


Rain to linger all week, could cause mid-week flooding

Get ready for the rain.

Forecasters said it could last through the week and possibly cause flooding, especially at higher elevations.

A warm front will stall over Western Washington tonight and remain until Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow levels will rise to nearly 6,000 feet on Tuesday and Wednesday. That’s also when the heaviest rain will fall, with 2 to 4 inches of precipitation expected in the mountains.

“This combined with the high snow levels could result in some flooding on the more flood prone rivers by late Tuesday night into Wednesday,” the Weather Service warned.


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Freezing temperatures could make for slippery roads tonight, through Monday morning commute

Widespread below-freezing temperatures in Western Washington could make for slippery roads tonight and Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Commuters should prepare for frost and some black ice, meteorologists said, including in the Tacoma area.

Monday morning will be the coldest since the middle of January, according to the Weather Service.

Temperatures will be above freezing by 10 a.m.