The most significant rain in months will reach Seattle beginning on Friday.
The storm moving in will be the first in a series of storms with rain and high country snow.
Initially, the pattern may seem like a dud, but as it gets going, it will turn progressively more soggy with time.
A general 0.25 to 0.75 of an inch of rain is forecast to fall through Saturday, with locally higher amounts on the Olympic Peninsula, north of the Seattle-Tacoma metro area and on the west slopes of the Cascades.
Additional storms with rain will follow Saturday night into early next week.
There is the potential for local amounts of 2.00 inches or more in the Seattle-Tacoma area over the five-day period concluding next Tuesday.
Snow levels will remain well above the passes during the series of storms. However, hikers could get caught off guard in blinding snow and gusty winds with the events beginning the second half of the weekend into early next week. This is when the strongest storms and heaviest precipitation is likely to occur.
For Seattle, the event(s) Friday into Saturday will be the most significant rainfall since at least the middle of July. The entire event may rival some of the lingering storms from the spring.
While the Cascades will filter out a great deal of the moisture upon moving eastward, some showers are forecast to reach the Spokane, Wash., and The Dalles, Ore., areas as well.
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Since Tuesday night, NESDIS, NOAA’s satellite and information service, has been experiencing network issues and has not received a full feed of satellite data for input, a critical component for the numerical models used to forecast the weather.
A siege of Pacific storms will continue to drench and blast the coastal Northwest into next week and will be joined by Ana.
The remnants of Tropical Depression 9 will move over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula through Friday, bringing heavy rain and gusty winds. Another system nearby bears watching.
A developing cyclone in the Arabian Sea could target areas from the Arabian Peninsula to northwestern India next week.
Gonzalo's fury was felt all the way from Bermuda through eastern Newfoundland and into Europe causing widespread power outages and damaged buildings and killing at least one person.
Newbury, VT (1843)
12 inches of snow.
East Coast, USA (1878)
"Gale of '78;" hurricane center over Richmond, VA. Washington, DC. barometer reading of 28.78"/975 mb. Cape May had winds of 84 mph from the SE. Highest tide ever for the Delaware River. Winds 100 mph at Wilmington, DE. Severe damage in Philadelphia.
Off British Columbia Coast (1918)
The Princess Sophia struck a coastal reef in severe storm and sank. All 343 aboard drowned.