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National Weather Service forecasting strong winds and heavy rain

March 19, 2013 · 1:18 PM
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The National Weather Service forecasting rain with wind gust to 28 mph for Plateau.

Special Weather Statement

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
337 AM PDT TUE MAR 19 2013

WAZ001-503>512-514>517-200000-
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-
EASTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-WESTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-
NORTH COAST-CENTRAL COAST-
337 AM PDT TUE MAR 19 2013

...A VIGOROUS STORM SYSTEM WILL BRING STRONG WINDS AND LOCALLY
HEAVY RAIN TO WESTERN WASHINGTON TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY
MORNING...

A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM DEVELOPING OFF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST COAST
TODAY WILL TRACK INTO NORTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND EARLY WEDNESDAY
MORNING. BREEZY TO LOCALLY WINDY CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED AHEAD OF
THE FRONT TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. SOUTHERLY WINDS
OF 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH ARE POSSIBLE ALONG THE COAST
AND FROM ADMIRALTY INLET NORTHWARD. WINDS WILL TURN MORE
SOUTHWESTERLY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING WHICH WILL BE
FAVORABLE FOR WIND GUSTS TO 45 MPH AROUND THE GREATER PUGET SOUND
REGION. A BURST OF STRONG WESTERLY WINDS COULD ALSO IMPACT AREAS
AROUND THE EASTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA DURING THIS PERIOD. WINDS
WILL REMAIN GUSTY WEDNESDAY EVENING...THEN SLOWLY EASE INTO THURSDAY
MORNING.

THE FRONT WILL BRING RAIN...HEAVY AT TIMES...TO THE LOWLANDS OF
WESTERN WASHINGTON. COASTAL AREAS COULD RECEIVE OVER 2 INCHES OF
RAIN WHILE MANY INTERIOR LOCATIONS COULD GET 1 TO 2 INCHES. SOME
AREAS NORTH OF THE OLYMPICS WILL SEE LESS PRECIPITATION DUE TO RAIN
SHADOWING EFFECTS.

LARGE SWELLS WILL GIVE HIGH SURF CONDITIONS TO THE WASHINGTON COAST
WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT WITH WAVES OF 15 TO 20 FEET BY
WEDNESDAY NIGHT BEFORE SUBSIDING.

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