Storms to bring rain, wind to Washington Thursday, Saturday

High wind watch for Southwest Washington coast Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon. Gusts highest for beaches headlands 65-75 mph
High wind watch for Southwest Washington coast Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon. Gusts highest for beaches headlands 65-75 mph
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14 October, 2016

At this point it is uncertain exactly where this storm will hit the coast.

While rain is predicted to be heaviest Thursday night through Friday morning, with three to four inches of precipitation predicted for the foothills over the weekend.

Mostly cloudy skies will roll into the area Thursday night as temperatures fall to a low of about 49.

Better storm chances are possible Saturday night into Sunday, according to the weather service.

"So much intense weather is going to hit us, that I don't know where to start", writes Cliff Mass, a professor of meteorology at the University of Washington. "It poses the threat of a major Western Washington windstorm", the National Weather Service says. Floods and landslides closed several roads and forced evacuations across Western Washington following a heavy storm in the early morning.

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A series of storms are bearing down on OR, and Douglas County residents can expect significant rain and windy conditions the next few days, although probably not as severe as what the coastal areas and the northwest part of the state are forecasted to experience.

Saturday has the potential for even stronger winds, but that is dependent on where a low pressure system will come onto the coast.

European model of peak wind gusts Saturday in Oregon. Another very windy and wet system is on tap for Saturday. "The Saturday storm is the big windstorm threat and has the potential to be one of the strongest windstorms we have seen in a few years".

The National Weather Service is forecasting strong southerly winds of 20 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts from 45 to 55 miles per hour expected through Friday morning.

The service has issued a hazardous weather outlook, starting today and running through Tuesday, and a wind advisory for the Inland Northwest. The area will be saturated from the first storm so any additional rain could create flooding issues on area rivers.


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