Batten down the hatches, it looks like there’s a “potentially long-remembered” storm coming our way.
The National Weather Service is warning of an “impressively stormy period” headed our way beginning Wednesday night and stretching through the weekend. The storm is expected to produce flood-causing rains and damaging winds.
While rain is set to move in tonight, the winds should make their way to us beginning Thursday afternoon, following the passage of a deep low pressure center through our region.
According to forecasters, “hefty rainfall totals” are expected through Friday morning and it could affect local rivers.
Despite rain and wind, Friday is expected to be something of a lull as Saturday’s storm is seen a potentially damaging.
According to the National Weather Service, the origins of the storm trace back to Typhoon Songda in the western Pacific Ocean, which is expected to move in the Northeast Pacific and peak in strength on Saturday.
Experts say there is a 1-in-3 chance of of the low pressure system at the heart of the storm directly crossing some part of Western Washington.
“This would be a worst case scenario leading to a historical windstorm for nearly all of Western Washington that would be long remembered,” according to a press release.
However, the more likely possibility at this point is the storm making landfall over central or northern Vancouver Island, which would confine the most damaging winds to north of Everett, though our area would still get a decent storm that could cause damage and power outages.