Washington High Wind


Monday, December 29th 2008, 6:05 pm
By: News 9


Western Washington is seeing rain showers and breezy weather Monday.

Winds Monday came out of the southwest bringing gusts of around 50 mph.

Department of Transportation cameras showed windy conditions on the Evergreen 
Point Floating bridge, which was experiencing 52 mph wind gusts, and sustained
 winds of 40 mph on Lake Washington.

The bridge will be closed if sustained winds of 50 mph are reached. Some 
hilltop neighborhoods could see up to an inch of wet snow overnight, VanCise 
said.

The wind brought down part of a tree in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood on 
Third Avenue, blocking the sidewalk near a Rite Aid store.

Puget Sound Energy reported scattered outages in North King County and North 
Kitsap County Monday afternoon. They are not major outages and it's unknown
how  many customers are affected.

The outages were due to single trees down and individual wires down.

Trees in power lines are the cause of two power outages that are affecting 
nearly 2,600 customers in north Seattle, Shoreline and Lake Forest Park 
neighborhoods, said Seattle City Light.

Van Cise said the winds would settle down throughout the afternoon and
evening,  when the potential for thunderstorms increases.

The next storm arrives Tuesday afternoon, bringing rain into Wednesday. More 
rain and wind arrive on New Year's Day, continuing with showers Friday and
this  weekend.

A winter Weather Advisory is issued for Seattle in the  mountains for 6 to 12 inches of total snow today and tonight.