Seattle to get a supersoaker start to 2021: drenching rain, gusty winds, parade of storms

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Seattle to get a supersoaker start to 2021: drenching rain, gusty winds, parade of storms

Seattle Times reporter

We’ll have a wet and windy start to 2021.

Thursday brought a little break with a mostly dry day, but a “fairly active set of systems” are on the way, and it will be windy and wet for most of the first week of the New Year according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Friday will bring widespread rain and snow on higher mountain passes like Stevens Pass, and Saturday will bring heavier rain and snow on the higher passes and southerly winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts of 40 to 50 mph, the meteorologist said Samantha Borth.

It is not known where the wind will hit the hardest, she said.

The storm season over the North Pacific begins. Check out this storm southwest of the Aleutian Islands. @NWSOPC estimates it generates winds in excess of 100 mph with seas up to 53 feet. Yowza! pic.twitter.com/sCDWrfneyC

– NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) December 31, 2020

Saturday’s storm will last through Sunday and could bring more than 1.5 inches of rain to the southern regions in Puget Sound, Borth said.

And then, next week … well, next Monday there’s another rainstorm, followed by a Tuesday and a third towards the end of the week, she said.

Also, Borth said, “There are general lows in the area, which could mean more wet and choppy weather.”

Basically we’re getting off to a wet start, but that’s really no surprise, is it? It’s our rainy season after all.

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