More rain, wind, and possible thunderstorms along the way in West Washington when the fall weather arrives


The fall rains have returned to Seattle, and the dreary, stormy weather is expected to continue for most of the week.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Seattle is currently forecasting there will be isolated thunderstorms in West Washington on Monday and Tuesday, along with heavy rainfall, gusts of wind up to 40 mph, and small hailstones.

“Expect showers all day [Monday], with the potential for isolated thunderstorms, mostly late this morning until tonight, “wrote NWS in their Monday morning forecast discussion, likely only lasting 10-20 minutes, small hail and lightning.”

Wednesday mornings and afternoons ensure a short break in the weather before rain and gusty winds return inland. Maximum gusts of wind will hit 30 mph along the coast Wednesday night and 15-20 mph further inland near Seattle. Fallen trees and power outages are possible.

Wet, windy weather is expected to continue into Thursday, with rainfall totals 1 to 2 inches along the coast and 0.50 to 1 inch inland. River floods are currently not to be expected. The rain will slowly ease through Friday, for a drier weekend weather period with temperatures in the 60s and 70s.

With no lightning strikes recorded, the rain and cooler weather have helped contain several forest fires that are still burning in the state. The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center reported Monday that three major fires were still burning in the state, including the Schneider Spring fire, which is now 47% contained.

Although recreational access to land, administered by the Department of Natural Resources, has officially reopened in east Washington, the statewide cremation ban will remain in place until September 30th. Despite the incoming rain, much of the western part of the state remains unusually dry or subcooled in a moderate drought, according to the US Drought Monitor.


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