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Western Washington Forecast

Wet and windy weather returns Wednesday along with a cool down. Becoming more sunny and spring-like by the weekend.

PUGET SOUND FORECAST

The rain chances stick around into your Wednesday morning so expect a wet commute. When you're heading out of the door Wednesday morning, temperatures will be in the 40s. You'll notice the gusty winds tomorrow morning too. Winds for Puget Sound will gust up to 35-45 mph throughout Wednesday. Make sure you secure the lawn furniture and trashcans. Highs will stay in the mid to upper 50s Wednesday afternoon with a few sunbreaks once the morning rain moves out of the area.

DISCUSSION

The few breaks in the clouds we had today, fill in tonight with our next system entering. This storm will be relatively strong for this time of the year, so expect pockets of heavy rain and strong gusty winds. We'll stay dry though midnight with rain chances increasing early Wednesday morning for all of western Washington.

The early morning steady rain changes to off and on showers during the late morning hours with a few sunbreaks possible by the afternoon. Gusty winds will develop later in the morning on through the afternoon. Sustained winds of 20-35mph with gusts 40-50 mph are possible. The strongest winds are expected for the coast and San Juan Islands.

We will see falling snow levels behind the cold front for mountain snow above 4,000 feet during the day but dropping to 3,000 feet later in the afternoon and Wednesday night. Accumulations of new snow by Thursday morning should range from about 2-4 inches at 3,000 ft to 8-10 inches between 4-5,000 feet. Greater accumulations are possible above 5,000 ft.

On Friday, high pressure builds off the coast and slowly moves through the State over the weekend for partly sunny skies Friday through Sunday with highs warming close to normal - in the mid to upper 60s - in many places. 

The high moves east of us later Sunday, allowing a weak system to approach the state for more clouds and a chance of a few showers on Monday. Highs will cool back to the low 60s.