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February 22, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Friday memo: Oscar predictions, oddities … Wind, rain today … ‘Pipe’ bomb

Oscar countdown: The Academy Awards are Sunday evening, but we’re already marking our ballots and popping our popcorn. How about you? Get up to speed quickly with movie critic Moira Macdonald’s Oscar predictions — plus a fashion gallery, a timeline of Oscar oddities and a collection of zingers from hosts gone by.

Once you’re primed, we welcome you to join Moira and other Seattle Times staffers for a live chat during the telecast at seattletimes.com. We’ll start with red-carpet arrivals at 4 p.m. Sunday and move on to the ceremony when it begins at 5:30. Expect everything to wrap up (fingers crossed) by 8:30 p.m.

In the meantime, have some fun by voting in our Oscar polls. And ponder, for a moment, Daniel Day-Lewis, whose nomination for best actor for portraying President Lincoln is as close as Oscar gets to a sure thing.

Abraham + Daniel = Oscar? (Photos by Alexander Gardner, left, and Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Wind, rain later today, snow in the mountains: The National Weather Service says a storm blowing into the area will peak Friday afternoon with 15 to 30 mph winds and gusts to 40 mph in the Seattle area. Also, 1 to 2 inches of rain — and make that 1 to 2 feet of snow in the mountains — are expected in Western Washington by Saturday morning.

The bong squad: Police evacuated homes and called in an Army bomb squad after a utility worker discovered what appeared to be a pipe bomb outside a home Thursday in Yakima. When the bomb squad detonated the device, they found it stuffed not with explosives, but with marijuana. The Yakima Herald-Republic has the story.

A bomb squad member smells the contents of a suspicious pipe. (Photo by Gordon King / Yakima Herald-Republic)

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