Heavy rain and gusty winds are expected to move through Western Washington this weekend thanks to cold fronts off the Pacific. The systems could bring a total 2-4 inches of rain in the lowlands and up to 10 inches of rain in the mountains.
Rivers will rise some and there could be flooding in a few areas more prone to floods, including in the Olympics. However, a break in the rain overnight between Saturday and Sunday will lessen the chance of rivers flooding.
Temperatures are expected to drop some but most of Western Washington won't reach freezing any time soon.
However, Deer Park, Wash. recorded the first temperature below freezing in the state today, hitting 30 degrees on the thermometer this morning.
On Friday, most of the rain will be most concentrated in the morning, with showers and sunbreaks expected in the afternoon. Highs will reach the mid to upper 50s.
The weather will probably be the wettest and windiest Saturday. From Friday night to Saturday night the lowlands could get 1-2 inches of rain, with the mountains receiving as much as half a foot of precipitation.
On Saturday areas north of Everett, south of Seattle and along the coast could see winds as strong as 30-40 mph. Gusts over 50 mph are possible over open water.
With leaves turning colors, increased wind means storm drains may be blocked by debris. Seattle Department of Transportation advises residents to clear drains to help avoid standing water on city streets.
Snow is possible in the mountains, especially after the weekend. The snow level will start at 5,500 feet on Friday, rise up to 8,000 feet Saturday and drop back down to 6,000 feet Sunday.
On Monday and Tuesday cooler temperatures are also expected and snow levels may drop to 4,500 feet. There could be heavy snowfall above 5,000 feet.
The rain will continued early in the week, but things will dry out by Thursday.
After last year's late summer, this storm may seem early, but it's not abnormal according to KING 5 meteorologist Rich Marriott. Last year we only received .03 inches of rain from the end of July to mid-October, but this year the dry season started a month earlier.