High Wind Warnings in effect; Over 21K customers without power across western Washington – KIRO 7 News Seattle

Western Washington Braces for High Winds and Power Outages

Western Washington is currently experiencing winter weather, with icy and dangerous road conditions in the Cascades, as well as avalanche warnings for both Stevens and Snoqualmie passes until 6 p.m. Monday. In the lowlands, rain is expected, along with Wind Advisories that will take effect at 6 p.m. for most of Western Washington. Due to strong winds, over 21,000 customers are currently without power in the region.

As of 7 p.m. on Wednesday, the following numbers of customers have been impacted: 11,144 by Puget Sound Energy, 5,626 by Seattle City Light, and 4,955 by Snohomish PUD. The majority of the Seattle City Light outages are in north Seattle, while the majority of the Snohomish PUD outages are in Edmonds, Lynnwood, and Mountlake Terrace. At present, no other utility companies are reporting significant outages.

The National Weather Service has issued several watches, warnings, and advisories, including a Wind Advisory that will be in effect until 6 a.m. on Tuesday for most of Western Washington, with wind gusts expected to reach over 40 mph. A High Wind Warning is in effect for the Admiralty Inlet area, including Island County, where westerly down-Strait winds of 55+ mph are expected Monday evening and into the night. However, winds will start subsiding after daybreak on Tuesday.

A Winter Storm Warning is also in effect until Tuesday for the Cascades, with six to twelve inches of snow expected to fall on Snoqualmie Pass from Monday night through late Tuesday. Stevens Pass is expected to receive twelve to eighteen inches of snow, while higher peaks could see over two feet of snow. Travel through the passes will be difficult at times due to these conditions.

Additionally, a Coastal Flood Advisory has been issued for the coast and waters around Puget Sound for Tuesday morning, with gusty winds and high tides expected to cause some minor overwash, particularly around high tide at approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The wind and rain will pick up later on Monday evening, resulting in a windy night. As a result, some power outages are likely to occur Monday evening through daybreak on Tuesday. Although the lowlands will mainly experience rain, snow levels will fall to 500 feet late in the afternoon into early evening, and snow levels will fall to sea level into Tuesday night. However, all indications suggest that the moisture will dry up by Tuesday night, with only a few spotty, light snow showers on Wednesday. Accumulations in the lowlands are expected to be minimal, with the best chances for snow accumulation being on higher hills near the Cascades.

In addition, northeasterly wind will cause some snow around the Port Angeles area, and some accumulations there could be more substantial Tuesday night into Wednesday. By Wednesday afternoon, the moisture for snow showers should be mainly west of Puget Sound, and there will be some late-day clearing. Highs will be in the 40s early Tuesday and only in the 30s Wednesday.

Thursday and Friday are expected to be mainly dry and very cold, with lows in the teens and 20s and highs only slightly above freezing. Temperatures are expected to start moderating over the weekend as moisture returns, mainly later on Saturday and Saturday night. There could be some wet snow and minor accumulation over the weekend before it turns to all rain in the lowlands by Sunday afternoon. The forecast will be monitored closely. However, it is expected that the region will be out of the deep freeze by the end of the weekend.