Storm warning for Sunday and Monday


The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather alert for Sunday and Monday in Grays Harbor County, according to a release from Grays Harbor Emergency Management.

A severe storm is expected to move south over Vancouver Island, but the timing is uncertain. The best projection shows high winds of 25-40 mph gusting up to 55 mph from the east and southeast starting Sunday throughout the county, but particularly along the coast and at the mouth of Grays Harbor.

A second, much stronger system will move in Sunday night into Monday, bringing winds from the west of 30-40 mph gusting to 60-70 mph through noon Monday. Coastal swells will increase to 30 feet, bringing long wave run-ups along the beaches. There is a concern for a wave-induced high tide between 2 and 4 p.m., raising tides 2 to 3 feet higher than normal and possibly producing lowland and coastal flooding around the Westport area.

Avalanche warnings have been issued for the mountain passes. The Cascades will receive 1-3 feet of snow and the Olympics are forecasted at 10-18 inches.

Grays Harbor Emergency Management will be monitoring conditions throughout the weekend.