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Category: Weather Beat

Keeping track of news about weather in Seattle and the Northwest.

November 13, 2014 at 5:59 AM

Portland snow threat eases; Seattle gets sun

UPDATE 10:30 a.m. | By midmorning, forecasts for up to 6 inches of snow in the Portland area Thursday were being sharply reduced. Temperatures were staying higher than expected, with the possibility of sleet or freezing rain falling in some areas.  The most recent forecasts said only a small chance of snow remained, but less than 3 inches. A light snow…

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November 12, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Falling tree near Oregon City injures man sitting at desk

PORTLAND — A Douglas fir tree fell on a home office Wednesday south of Oregon City, and a man who had been sitting at his desk was flown to an emergency room. The Oregonian reports the windstorm that has lashed the Portland metropolitan area since Tuesday has toppled dozens of trees. Brandon Paxton, a spokesman for Clackamas…

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November 10, 2014 at 6:00 AM

First freeze of season forecast in Northwest

A blast of cold air sweeping down from inland British Columbia is expected to give much of Western Washington its first freeze of the season Tuesday night, with temperatures just below freezing in the Seattle area and down to the teens and single digits in the mountain passes. After a clear, cold couple of days, precipitation…

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November 6, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Man trapped by windstorm debris rescued in North Seattle

Firefighters rescued a man trapped by debris from a windstorm in Seattle’s Bitter Lake neighborhood Thursday afternoon. The man was trapped in the 12700 block of Dayton Avenue North, according to the Seattle Fire Department. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition with no visible injuries. The National Weather Service has issued a wind…

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November 6, 2014 at 6:28 AM

Traffic: Heavy rain contributes to already bad commute

UPDATE, 9 a.m. | The Everett-to-Seattle commute is now up to 130 minutes, the same as Tuesday, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Seattle Department of Transportation reports two stalls on the West Seattle Bridge before Delridge, adding to existing congestion. WSDOT crews are working to drain large puddles on the freeways as well. UPDATE,…

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November 6, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Downpour in the city and high winds on Washington coast, NW interior

UPDATE, 1:10 p.m. | High winds hit the Washington coast and northwest interior Thursday causing outages for more than 14,000 Puget Sound Energy customers alone. The National Weather Service reported gusts of 63 mph at Destruction Island, 41 at Hoquiam, 57 at Port Townsend, 54 at Bellingham and 52 at Whidbey Island. Meteorologist Johnny Burg says…

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October 31, 2014 at 7:14 AM

Heavy rains bring increased risk of landslides, SPU warns

With recent heavy rainfall and more predicted, the area is at a high risk for landslides, a Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) meteorologist warns. With rain late Thursday and Friday morning, Seattle exceeded the official U.S. Geological Survey’s landslide threshold. “Historically, the end of October is the start of landslide season,” SPU meteorologist James…

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October 30, 2014 at 6:27 AM

Costumes with coats: Rain should ease by trick-or-treat time

UPDATE FRIDAY, 6 A.M.: Forecasters say Friday’s rain in Washington should ease by the time Halloween trick-or-treaters hit the streets but there’s still a chance of showers. The Weather Service also says it will be cool, with temperatures likely in the 40s on both sides of the state. A series of storms will bring periods of rain…

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October 27, 2014 at 6:19 PM

3,200 customers still without power after weekend storm

Crews were working to restore power to an estimated 3,200 Seattle City Light and Puget Sound energy customers Monday evening after a weekend windstorm. Most of the outages affect PSE customers in East King County and are considered small scale, spokesman Ray Lane said. Crews are going from neighborhood to neighborhood to “get everyone back…

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