LOCAL NEWS

Downed trees, power outages likely as wind sweeps through Puget Sound

Jan 4, 2023, 12:51 PM
Seattle wind...
Intense wind is expected across the Puget Sound region on Wednesday. (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Wind is coming to the Puget Sound region late Wednesday, strong enough to down trees and cause power outages.

“The strongest winds will be in the Cascade foothills region with gusts of 50 to 60 mph likely,” KIRO Newsradio meteorologist Ted Buehner said. “Strong winds will blow through the gaps in our complex terrain, such as the Cascade passes and gaps to the outer coast.”

The National Weather Service in Seattle reports the winds will be here by mid-afternoon Wednesday and continue through Thursday morning.

“Gap winds are terrain-induced strong winds that blow thru gaps in areas like the Cascades,” Ted said. “An analogy would be water that gently flows downstream but then encounters a narrow gorge where the water flows much more rapidly. That is what happens with gap winds.”

Driving may be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.

“So winds downstream from Snoqualmie, Stampede, White, and Stevens passes can be quite strong, sometimes exceeding 50 mph,” Ted said. “These winds can blow down trees and create power outages, while areas further away from the Cascades feel far less wind.”

California braces for more storms following Saturday’s flood

From meteorologist Nick Allard and the KIRO 7 weather team:

As a very large and powerful low-pressure storm system moves closer to the region, the wind will be drawn offshore (from east to west), and the locations susceptible to Cascade gap winds (Enumclaw, North Bend, as far west as Seatac) could have gusts over 40 mph to possibly 55 mph late today and tonight. Same goes for coastal locations. A Wind Advisory is in effect for these spots that goes until tomorrow morning at 4. Elsewhere, it’ll be breezy into Wednesday night, but winds should top out in the 20-35 mph range. The peak of the wind will be late tonight.

We should stay breezy on Thursday with scattered showers. I see another round of rain for Friday with some gusty to breezy spots. Most of Saturday looks dry until Saturday evening when some rain returns. We’ll keep scattered showers in the forecast for Sunday.

Nick Allard and the KIRO 7 Pinpoint Weather Team contributed to this report

Local News

ID...
Micki Gamez

Washington state law offers free IDs for the unhoused

Anyone who is unhoused and is expecting to live within Washington state is eligible for a one-time, no-cost ID card.
1 day ago
diaz...
Frank Sumrall

Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz optimistic about drop in violent crime

Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz believes his jurisdiction — the 142 square miles that incorporate the metropolis — is becoming a safer place.
1 day ago
Yakima shooting...
Heather Bosch

Listen: Dramatic 911 call before death of Yakima mass murderer

A dramatic 911 call revealed more about the Yakima mass shooting that left three people, and the shooter, dead 10 days ago.
1 day ago
eye drops...
Kathryn Stone

Washington resident dies from infection linked to retail eye drops

A person from Washington state has died from an infection linked to a brand of over-the-counter eye drops contaminated with bacteria.
1 day ago
SWAT Standoff...
L.B. Gilbert

SWAT team arrests burglar after standoff in Wallingford

A SWAT standoff happened last night at N. 45th Street and Meridian Avenue N. in Wallingford, ending in an arrest.
1 day ago
snowpack...
Ted Buehner

Mountain snowpack has fallen behind; could impact water supply

After a drier than average January, our mountain snowpack has fallen behind. The Puget Sound region was warmer than average this month.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.
Comcast Ready for Business Fund...
Ilona Lohrey | President and CEO, GSBA

GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.
SHIBA WA...

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Downed trees, power outages likely as wind sweeps through Puget Sound