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Fall’s First Storms Arrive, Bringing Rainy Days To Puget Sound

The wet end to the weekend was just a taste of what lies ahead in Puget Sound this week, with rain in the forecast through at least Thursday. Forecasters are tracking a series of fronts moving across the area that will bring steady precipitation to Western Washington, along with a few chances for thunderstorms on Monday and Tuesday afternoons.

Both days are also likely to land on the cooler side, with afternoon highs struggling to reach even 60 degrees around Seattle. According to the National Weather Service, Monday looks like it will offer the best chance for a bit of thunder, lightning and hail, and isolated thunderstorms will be possible around Puget Sound.
With or without thunderstorms, more rain is a sure thing. Forecasters are projecting up to 1.5 inches of precipitation by mid-week before Wednesday allows for a short break in the soaking. Yet another front is due to move in by Wednesday night, bringing more wet weather through much of Thursday.

The higher elevations of the mountains will get a few chances for fresh snow in the week ahead, with levels down to around 6,000 feet Monday night and as low as 5,000 feet Tuesday. Right now, forecasters are not expecting impacts at the pass level but urge hikers and others planning outings at those elevations to prepare for the cold.

For those who already find themselves missing the drier days of summer, the long-term forecast shows sunshine rebounding Friday and setting up for a pleasant weekend.

Here is the latest 5-day weather outlook for the Seattle area:

Monday: 58°/52° (Showers – 90%)
Tuesday: 59°/49° (Showers – 90%)
Wednesday: 61°/54° (Chance of rain/PM rain likely)
Thursday: 62°/52° (Rain)
Friday: 61°/49° (Partly sunny)