Get ready to be blown away by the weather this weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued a high-wind watch for the Seattle area, saying the region can expect winds of 20 to 35 miles per hour beginning this evening with gusts of 45 to 50 miles per hour after midnight.
There will be a lull in the wind on Saturday morning, according to the weather service, but it’s expected to pick up in the afternoon just in time for the Seattle Seahawks game against the New Orleans Saints.
The weather service is also predicting periods of heavy rain this evening and Saturday afternoon with a chance of thunderstorms Saturday.
A flood watch is in effect for several Western Washington counties, including King, Snohomish and Pierce, the weather service says.
Heavy rain and strong winds are also expected in the Cascades today with with heavy snow expected on Saturday.
National Weather Service meteorologist Ni Cushmeer says Saturday afternoon is likely to be a terrible time to drive through the mountain passes.
In addition, Cushmeer says, people who will be at the Seahawks game, or outside in general, should dress in layers and expect blustery weather.
“It’s going to be in the upper 40s on Saturday afternoon but with the rain and wind it’s not going to be comfortable,” she said.