Forecast: Rain, Wind and Possibly Snow and Coastal Flooding

12-15-12 wx dayRain, wind and possibly snow are in the forecast for the early part of the week. The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for Western Washington. The high wind watch will be in effect from late Sunday afternoon through Monday morning. Forecasters say southwest winds will rise Sunday night to 25 to 35 MPH with gust up to 60 MPH possible. Winds this strong can topple trees, down power lines and damage some structures. The wind is in front of a strong Pacific storm that will bring moderate rain to the low lands but as much as 3 feet of new snow to the mountains. Snow is also possible in the low lands. Although forecasters are predicting the best chance of snow will be late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, some light snow was reported falling Saturday at Sanderson Field in Shelton, in the Hoodsport area, Tahuya area and at higher elevations. Forecasters predict a mix of rain and snow after 10 PM Monday and before 4 AM Tuesday with snow showers possible after 4 AM Tuesday.

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However, no substantial accumulation is anticipated before turning to all rain. Those in Lilliwaup, Matlock, Union, Tahuya and at higher elevations may see rain/snow mixed showers Tuesday night and Wednesday morning as well. There is also a Coastal Flood Watch in effect for Monday morning. This mean waves and tidal anomalies are possible at high tide with tidal overflow and flooding near the beaches. Tide table could be 1 to 2 feet higher than normal.

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