Wet and windy weather forecast for Washington on Wednesday

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A powerful winter storm will bring rain and wind to western Washington on Wednesday. A foot of snow could fall in the Cascades.

“It’s something we’d be used to seeing in November or December, not necessarily May,” National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Michalski said.

Tuesday will be partly sunny with highs of 60 degrees in Tacoma. By Wednesday morning, prepare to batten down the hatches.

Wind

The Washington coast will feel the brunt of the storm with sustained winds of 25 miles per hour, and gusts could reach 50 miles per hour on Wednesday, Michalski said.

In southern Puget Sound, winds will blow from 8 to 13 miles per hour with gusts of 33 miles per hour on Wednesday.

Residents should be prepared for power outages.

Rain

Soggy days in May may have toughened up residents of Wednesday’s storm. Tacoma and Olympia area residents could see 1/4 to 1/2 inch of rain by Thursday morning, Michalski said.

For lowlanders, the storm will be relatively warm with highs in the mid-50s and lows of 44 degrees in Tacoma.

The rain will lessen on Thursday with dry Friday and Saturday. A slight chance of rain is forecast for Sunday.

Snow

Snow levels in the Cascades could drop to 3,500 feet by Wednesday evening.

Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park could see a foot of snow by Thursday morning, Michalski said.

Washington’s upper passes like Stevens Pass on US 2 and White Pass on US 12 could be affected by travel restrictions.

Craig Sailor has worked for The News Tribune since 1998 as a writer, editor and photographer. He previously worked at The Olympian and other Nevada and California newspapers. He graduated in journalism from San Jose State University.

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