Wind And Rain, But The Sun Will Return To Western Washington

Feb 10, 2017

It's a cloudy, rainy Friday with lots of wind expected. But the weather system should clear by the start of the week and bring warmer temperatures and sunshine.

"Some places will get winds gusting to 30 to 40 miles per hour, maybe even a few higher gusts," knkx weather expert Cliff Mass said. "It's the breeziest it's been for a while. So keep that in mind if you're around trees or you're worried about your power going out."

Mass says Saturday will be a transition day with temperatures getting into the mid 40s and it'll be partly cloudy.

"Sunday, the ridge builds up even more and the temperatures will be in the mid- to upper 40s. I think there will be some sun," said Mass. "A really decent day, the nicest day we've had."

By Monday, Mass says temperatures will reach into the 50s and it'll feel like spring. And we might consider getting used to those milder days based on a new study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"It took a look at a global-climate model simulation, looking into the future, and they try to figure out how many mild days we would see in the future," Mass said. "And what they found is that there are winners and losers. Places that are warm, like near the tropics or the subtropics ... are gonna have less mild days."

But based on the models, the Pacific Northwest could be considered a "winner" when it comes to temperatures.

"The biggest winner is our area in Seattle. We'll see so many more days in the fall and winter becoming mild. And in the summer, we'll have a little bit less mild days, but not much. The reason for that is we have the ocean nearby, and the mild air coming off the ocean will keep our summer pretty reasonable," Mass said.

But Mass says there will be negative impacts to the region, especially when dealing with precipitation.

"These climate models suggest the heaviest precipitation will get heavier. Heavier rain means more potential for flooding. The other thing we can't forget is snowpack. Global warming will reduce the snowpack in the mountains, which will lessen the water available for the autumn and late summer periods."