National Weather Service predicting strong winds, rain on Saturday

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my newsThe National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement advising residents that a strong Pacific storm could bring strong winds and locally heavy rain to western Washington on Saturday, Aug. 29.

A much stronger system will impact the region on Saturday with the potential to bring winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts of 45 to 50 mph to parts of the coast, northwest, and I-5 corridor. Winds this strong usually occur in fall and winter.

Thus this wind event could create more problems due to the deciduous trees still having their leaves. This will make the branches more prone to snapping in strong winds. In addition to the possibility of downed tree limbs, the gusty winds could cause local power outages.

Rain will be locally heavy at times on Saturday. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are forecast for the coast and in the mountains with a half to one inch elsewhere during the 24 hour period ending at 5 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 30. This amount of rain will likely end or help reduce the size of any ongoing wildfires.

In addition to the wind and rain, temperatures will be below normal on Saturday. Highs are forecast to be mainly in the mid to upper 60s across the Lowlands.

Those planning outdoor activities in the mountains in particular this weekend should pay close attention to the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service.

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