Heavy wind, rain to accompany weekend storm

Staff writerJanuary 9, 2014 

A worker doing track maintenance in the BNSF rail yard off Puyallup Ave. used a umbrella to keep himself and the project dry. Umbrellas sprouted around Tacoma and Pierce County on Thursday as Western Washington braced for a couple days of heavy rain and strong wind.

DEAN J. KOEPFLER — Staff photographer

If you’re planning on doing anything outside Saturday — like maybe watch the Seahawks divisional playoff game — here’s your weather warning:

An incoming storm will bring up to 2 inches of rain and strong winds by Saturday, forecasters said Thursday.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement through late Saturday because of several hazardous weather conditions, including possible flooding on the Puyallup River near Orting.

The heaviest precipitation is expected on Friday afternoon and to continue through midday Saturday. The Cascades are expected to receive 3 to 5 inches of rain while the Tacoma area could get up to 2 inches, the Weather Service said.

That much rain in such a short period of time likely will cause minor flooding on rivers and slick roadways.

Most of Western Washington also will be hit with 20- to 35-mile-per-hour winds, with gusts reaching 40 mph to 50 mph.

The snow level should rise from 5,000 to 7,000 feet during the storm and drop back to 3,000 feet by the end, the Weather Service said.

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