At 7:54 AM, the radar showed a VERY intense band of precipitation (red color) with the actual front. It was AMAZING. I was watching from my home and it looked like being in a bathroom shower out there. But an hour later I biked to work perfectly dry and in the sun. Weather radar can change your life!
And this afternoon the winds will pick up...in fact this has started. A modest low is associated with the front and as it moves north of us, the pressure gradient and winds will build. Here are the sea level pressure forecasts from UW WRF for 10 and 4 PM today. See how packed the lines (isobars) are as the low passes north of us? That means strong winds.
Friday and Saturday should be dry...so this is the time for outdoor fun. Weak front on Sunday. No snow in the mountains, so you can enjoy a hike (albeit a soggy one).
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