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National Weather Service warns of possible high winds Sunday

The National Weather Service is warning of the possibility of winds reaching 40 mph with gust up to 60 in the east Puget Sound lowlands late Sunday.

The following is a "Special Weather Statement" from the weather service:

 

SAN JUAN COUNTY-WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY-SOUTHWEST INTERIOR-

EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS-WESTERN SKAGIT COUNTY-

EVERETT AND VICINITY-SEATTLE/BREMERTON AREA-TACOMA AREA-

ADMIRALTY INLET AREA-HOOD CANAL AREA-LOWER CHEHALIS VALLEY AREA-

OLYMPICS-EASTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-

WESTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-NORTH COAST-CENTRAL COAST-

WEST SLOPES NORTHERN CASCADES AND PASSES-

WEST SLOPES CENTRAL CASCADES AND PASSES-

400 AM PST SAT MAR 10 2012

 

...A VIGOROUS PACIFIC FRONTAL SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH WESTERN

WASHINGTON LATE SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY COULD PRODUCE LOCALLY

DAMAGING WINDS...HEAVY MOUNTAIN SNOW...AND EVEN SOME SNOW OVER THE

HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE LOWLANDS...

 

LOCALLY DAMAGING WINDS OF 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH ARE POSSIBLE

ALONG THE CENTRAL AND NORTH WASHINGTON COAST LATE SUNDAY NIGHT

AND MONDAY...AS WELL AS IN WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY...SAN JUAN

COUNTY...AND THE ADMIRALTY INLET AREA.

 

THE STRONG WINDS WILL BE THE RESULT OF THE SURFACE LOW OF THE

SYSTEM...WHICH WILL DEEPEN RAPIDLY AS IT MOVES NORTHEAST ACROSS

THE WASHINGTON OFFSHORE WATERS AND THEN NORTH TOWARD COASTAL

BRITISH COLUMBIA.

 

THE FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL ALSO BRING ROUGHLY ONE TO TWO AND HALF

FEET OF NEW SNOW TO THE MOUNTAINS...STARTING SUNDAY NIGHT AND

CONTINUING THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT. THE SNOW LEVEL WILL BE MOSTLY IN

THE 1000 TO 1500 FOOT RANGE AS THE STORM MOVES THROUGH...SO WINTER

DRIVING CONDITIONS CAN BE EXPECTED NOT ONLY ACROSS THE PASSES BUT

ALSO DURING THE APPROACH TO THE PASSES. THERE WILL ALSO BE DELAYS

AND POSSIBLY CLOSURES FOR AVALANCHE CONTROL.

 

THE LOW SNOW LEVELS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS FRONTAL SYSTEM COULD

RESULT IN SOME SNOW OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE WESTERN

WASHINGTON LOWLANDS...ESPECIALLY AS THE SNOW LEVEL FALLS TO AROUND

500 FEET MONDAY NIGHT.

 

BE SURE TO CHECK BACK FOR THE LATEST STATEMENTS...WATCHES...

WARNINGS AND FORECASTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

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