Weather prediction models are pretty much all onboard in predicting the approach of a small, but potent, low pressure center on Sunday afternoon and evening. Let me show you the latest WRF model forecasts. These maps present the predicted pressures (solid lines), winds (little barbs), and temperature.
By 8 AM Sunday the low is off the central/northern Oregon Coast. It is not a large storm.
I know, you want to know about wind speeds. Here are the predicted SUSTAINED winds at 5 PM. 50 kts on the southern WA coast and 25-35 kt over central Puget Sound.
Bottom line: The south/central coast will get hit hard, with gusts reaching 50-70 mph. For Puget Sound, it will probably be similar to the storm of this week, but it could be worse. Make sure you have batteries!
Announcement: Public Talk: Weather Forecasting: From Superstition to Supercomputers
I will be giving a talk on March 16th at 7:30 PM in Kane Hall on the UW campus on the history, science, and technology of weather forecasting as a fundraiser for KPLU. I will give you an insider's view of the amazing story of of weather forecasting's evolution from folk wisdom to a quantitative science using supercomputers. General admission tickets are $25.00, with higher priced reserved seating and VIP tickets (including dinner) available. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, you can sign up here