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Two strong and fast moving frontal systems will move across Western Washington tonight and early Saturday morning. These fronts will be followed by a period of strong westerly flow to the south of a storm system moving into British Columbia Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. There is a threat of strong winds, heavy rainfall, minor flooding on more flood-prone rivers, heavy mountain snowfall, and coastal flooding over portions of the area tonight through Saturday night.
1. A High Wind Watch is in effect for tonight through Saturday for the north and central Washington coast and for the Admiralty Inlet area.
2. A winter storm watch is in effect late tonight through Saturday night for the Cascades and Olympics above 2000 feet.
3. A flood watch is in effect for Mason, Snohomish, King and Pierce counties late tonight through late Saturday night.
4. A coastal flood watch is in effect for the north and central Washington coast Saturday afternoon through late Saturday night.
Chuck Wallace with the Grays Harbor Emergency Management agency tells us some of the watches may be converted to Warnings or Advisories during the day on Friday, so keep a close eye on latest forecast updates from the National Weather Service.
1. Concerning the threat of strong wind: South winds will increase tonight across all of western Washington and will turn to the west on Saturday. Across most of the lowland areas, winds are expected to range from 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph. Damaging winds to 40 mph with gusts to 55 mph, from both the south and the west, are possible on the coast and around the Admiralty Inlet area.
2. Concerning the threat of heavy rainfall and possible flooding: Rain will develop today and will become heavy at times tonight through early Saturday. The snow level in the mountains will increase from around 3500 feet to over 6000 feet tonight then will fall back to 3000 feet on Saturday. During the warmer period tonight, rainfall amounts of 4-6 inches are likely in the Olympics and 3-5 inches in the Cascades. This amount of rain will cause rapid rises on area rivers, and more flood prone rivers like the Skokomish, Stillaguamish, Tolt, and Puyallup could see minor flooding late tonight into Saturday or Saturday night.
3. Concerning the threat of heavy mountain snow: Precipitation in the mountains above about 3000 or 3500 feet will begin as snow today. Snow levels will rapidly rise to 5000 feet in the northern Cascades and to around 6500 feet in the central Cascades and Olympics. Snow levels will fall back to 3000 feet on Saturday and 2000 feet Saturday night. Five to ten inches of snow are likely Saturday with another foot on Saturday night. The mountain snow will be accompanied by windy conditions. It will be particularly windy on exposed mountain ridges in the back country.
4. Concerning coastal flooding: An area of storm force winds offshore will produce 25 to 30 foot waves that will move onto the Washington coast Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. While tides are expected to be relatively low during the large wave event, there is a potential that large and energetic waves will give some flooding to low-lying coastal communities like Westport, portions of Ocean Shores, and La Push. The large waves will produce dangerous surf and beach erosion.
Concerning strong wind: confidence is high that very windy conditions will develop across the area. Confidence in the potential for damaging wind on the coast and in the Admiralty Inlet Area tonight and Saturday is slightly lower. If a weaker low, as forecast by some forecast models, tracks north of Vancouver Island, it will get windy but the wind speeds will remain below 40 mph.
Concerning heavy rain: Confidence is high that around 4 inches of rain will fall tonight into early Saturday in the Olympics and up to 3 inches will fall in the Cascades. If the air mass remains cooler over the northern Cascades, minor flooding will be less likely north of King County. If rainfall amounts overnight are higher, some rivers could see moderate flooding.
Concerning heavy mountain snow: Confidence is high that a period of heavy snow will occur in the Cascades Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. The confidence of heavy snowfall in the Olympics around Hurricane Ridge is lower. If the air mass remains slightly cooler tonight in the northern Cascades than what is currently expected, there is a threat of heavy snowfall around Mount Baker tonight in addition to the heavy snowfall Saturday and Saturday night.
4. Concerning coastal flooding: At this time it appears that the highest threat of big waves hitting the coastline is late Saturday afternoon and Saturday night during a period of lower tides. There is a risk that the offshore storm will be stronger and farther south than currently expected, waves will move in a few hours sooner, and that waves will be bigger than currently expected. If this occurs, the threat of coastal flooding in low lying beach communities will be higher.
Grays Harbor Emergency Management is urging all residents be prepared for possible power outages due to downed tree limbs and power lines during two significant weather events approaching Friday and Saturday night. Please DO NOT venture near downed tree limbs and power lines. DO NOT operate a portable generator indoors or near open windows or doors. Use extreme caution while driving since heavy rain will be associated with the storms. Roadway flooding could occur making driving extremely hazardous.
*** Coastal Flood Watch ***
The National Weather Service in Seattle has Issued a Coastal Flood Watch, Which is in effect from Saturday Afternoon Through Late Saturday Night.
* Waves, Large Swell of 26 to 29 Feet are Forecast to reach the coast Saturday night. The Largest Waves will Arrive Between 4 Pm
Saturday and 4am Sunday.
* Impacts, Waves of this size Can Overtop Levees and Cause Local Flooding Problems. The towns of Ocean Shores and Westport Are most at risk of Coastal Flooding.
* Time and Height of High Tide, the Largest Waves are Forecast to Arrive During a Period or Relatively Low Tides. The Highest High Tides are Predicted to Occur at Westport at 853am Saturday And 944am Sunday, and the High Tides are Predicted to be around 9 Feet. However During the Time of Big Waves the Tides Are Forecast to be 7 Feet or Lower. Sea Level Pressure will Be Rising During this Period and the Tidal Anomaly is Forecast to be Minimal. The Upshot is That Tides will Not Contribute Much to Any Coastal Flooding, the Main effect will be from the Giant Waves Themselves.
A Coastal Flood Watch Means Flooding or Beach Erosion will Occur if Weather Conditions Develop As Predicted. Residents and Local Officials Should Monitor the Situation Closely and be Prepared to Take Appropriate Action if a Warning is Issued.
*** High Wind Watch ***
The National Weather Service in Seattle has Issued a High Wind Watch, Which is in effect from Friday Evening Through Saturday Afternoon.
* Some Affected Locations, the North and Central Washington Coast Including Westport, Ocean Shores, La Push and Neah Bay.
* Timing, a Strong Frontal System will Move Through the Coast Friday Night and a Strong Low Pressure Trough will Move Through the Coast on Saturday.
* Wind, South Wind 20 to 40 MPH with Gusts to 50 MPH Friday Night will Turn to Westerly Saturday Afternoon. There is a Chance Of Strong damaging winds.
* Impacts, Downed Trees and Power Outages are Possible.
Mayor Michael Bruce tells us they actually have a couple of job openings. “Late December, Judy Stiles longtime city employee and our Court Clerk retired. After vacation I go back to city hall and my Police Chief comes in and Chief Gibson says [he's] retiring this year and done in July.” Bruce added that when it rains…. “within hours, Lieutenant Joe Christian submitted a letter, saying he’s retiring in February.
The city is contacting the state to start the lateral hiring process for the officer positions, anyone interested in applying at the entry-level can get started online at www.publicsafetytesting.com
A distraught woman with a handgun barricaded herself in a Westport home for hours this afternoon. Police Chief Bill Gibson tells KBKW a negotiator from the county was able to help talk the woman out of the house near the 800 block of Ocean Avenue after over 6 hours of securing the neighborhood and talking with her. Gibson said the woman was taken into protective custody, and reports no injuries. An automatic handgun was recovered, no shots were fired. Officers from Westport, Grays Harbor County and the State Patrol assisted.
WESTPORT, Wash. – A 131-foot fish processing vessel erupted into flames early Saturday morning. The Coast Guard reports the master of The Juno was aboard at the time, and was not hurt.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, and no injuries were reported. The Westport Fire department said the fire was reported at 1:30 Saturday morning, they contacted watch-standers at Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor in Westport for assistance fighting the fire. Two 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews were launched to respond.
The fire was reported out at 4:05 a.m. There is thought to be approximately 5,000 gallons of firefighting water aboard, with 4 1/2 to 5 feet on deck, causing the vessel to list.
Members of the incident management division from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., were dispatched to the scene to monitor the removal of the firefighting water and mitigate any potential environmental hazards caused by the vessel.
Yonich said the venue would accommodate about 20,000 concert goers “We’d be similar to the Gorge [amphitheater in Gorge, Washington], they’ve got the weather but sometimes that works against them too.” The developer that brought life to the D&R Theater in Aberdeen says he’s hoping to get some big names signed for a new venue as early as this summer.