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November keeps up its reputation as more rain, wind on the way

November keeps up its reputation as more rain, wind on the way

They say "third time is the charm" but to those hoping to be out and about this weekend, I'm not sure "charm" is the right word ....

But nonetheless, a third storm of the week packing strong winds and heavy rain is heading for the Pacific Northwest, due in Saturday night and Sunday.

Once again, High Wind Warnings are in effect for the coast and Northwest Interior from 9 p.m. Saturday through 9 a.m. Sunday for winds of 30-40 mph with potential gusts to 60 mph. (In other words, about the same as the past two storms).

In the greater Puget Sound area, we're looking at routine gusts to 25-40 mph overnight.

A period of heavy rain is coming along for the ride, with the northern corner of the state taking the brunt of it. A Flood Watch remains in effect for rivers in Whatcom (Nooksack) and Snohomish County (Stillaguamish), as well as essentially the Skokomish River in Mason County.

Forecast models are on the fence whether we'll actually get enough rain to cause flooding, but the Flood Watch is up as an advisory just in case. Any flooding would be minor.

Enjoy clear skies now, changes are coming

Enjoy clear skies now, changes are coming
Clearing skies letting the heat out overnight will make for a pretty fall day on Sunday.   With partly to mostly sunny conditions, highs will warm into the low 40s for most of the region.   You should definitely take advantage of the nice day while it's in place - certainly enjoy it and get in an autumn walk or toss the football around a bit.   But if you have a yard full of big trees that have been dutifully shedding this month, you should also think about getting in a good round of aggressive raking.   It may be the last chance you have to do so for awhile, and if you can un-clog the storm drains around your house, you won't be sorry, it may prevent urban flooding in your neighborhood during the week to come. That's because the weather script here is going to take a 180-degree turn as we slide into Monday.   A gusty, moisture-laden storm is going to plow into the Northwest by Monday morning, and it will be a soggy and blustery start to the work week.   As the rain returns, highs will climb back into the upper 40s around the Sound. 

Clouds, sun, showers, snow - forecast a mixed bag

Clouds, sun, showers, snow - forecast a mixed bag

It is much milder across western Washington this morning than 24 hours ago.  You can plan on mostly cloudy skies today with a few sunbreaks and a few showers.  Highs will hit the upper 40s to low 50s.

A few stray showers will linger into Monday morning, but we should be dry by the afternoon.  Monday afternoon will even wrap up with increasing sunbreaks.  Highs will stay in the mid 40s.

Right now Tuesday looks dry and partly sunny at times.

Another soggy system shows up on Wednesday bringing rain down here, and snow in the mountains.

Soggy start to Sunday, should dry out during week

Soggy start to Sunday, should dry out during week

We are starting out soggy this morning thanks to a weak front passing through as we speak.  The light rain could make for some slick roads so lets be a careful out there. 

The front bringing us the rain will pass through by this afternoon.  Plan on wrapping up the day with a few sunbreaks and highs in the mid 50s.

Monday is a critical forecast for kids.  We want to make sure all that work they put into those costumes doesn't get washed away.  Right now it looks like the prime 'trick or treat' hours will be mainly dry.  Monday will start out with a few lingering showers, but they won't stick around too long.  Highs will only make it to the low 50s.

Cool and dry weather for Tuesday with partly sunny skies for most of western Washington. 

Few showers Sunday, then it's dry for most of the week

Few showers Sunday, then it's dry for most of the week

We will have a mix of sunbreaks and showers today.  Behind the front that moved through yesterday is a pool of unstable air that will linger through today and the first half of Monday.  Highs today will hit the mid to upper 50s.

Monday will start with a few showers, but we will go dry by the end of the day.  Highs will stay in the mid 50s in many areas.

Tuesday brings a return of high pressure and dry weather.  Right now the forecast models are calling for mostly sunny skies on Tuesday and partly sunny on Wednesday.

A few showers move back in on Thursday.

Theron Zahn
The KOMO4 Forecast Team

PM sun on Sunday & Monday; sunny, 60s by mid-week

PM sun on Sunday & Monday; sunny, 60s by mid-week

Another gray start to your day across Western Washington.  Some spots are starting out in the low 30s!

We will get some sunshine by the end of the day, but it could take a while to burn through the marine layer that moved in overnight.  Highs today will hit the mid to upper 50s.

You can just make a photocopy of today's forecast for Monday.  We might be a few degrees warmer, but that's about it. 

High pressure will build in to our east on Tuesday giving us an off shore flow.  With no active weather headed our way, we should get more sunshine and warmer temps.  Highs on Tuesday will hit the mid to upper 60s.

Clouds will move back in on Wednesday with a few showers creeping in Thursday.

Theron Zahn
KOMO 4 Weather

Sunday's drying out, but get ready for a very wet Monday

Sunday's drying out, but get ready for a very wet Monday

The great part about the rain falling overnight?  It leaves room for some sunny improvement for the second half of the weekend on Sunday.  After some morning fog, partly sunny skies will take over again by mid-day.  We'll see a few leftover showers behind that passing cold front--particularly near the foothills or in the Puget Sound Convergence Zone (south end of Snohomish County), but overall it should be another decent day for outdoor activities.  Highs will cool off a bit, with most cities near the 60 degree mark by the afternoon.

A stronger storm arrives for Columbus Day on Monday.  The morning commute should remain dry, but the front will spread rain back in to the region by mid-day, and Monday afternoon looks soggy and a bit breezy.  Temperatures will cool back into the 50s as the precipitation returns.

Tuesday and Wednesday look cool and showery.  Highs will struggle to get much above the mid-50s...a cool and damp pair of days for the middle of the week.