Windy Easter storm spurs fears of power outages, damage

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a wind advisory for most of Western Washington and will remain effect until 6 p.m. this evening as a powerful spring storm moves through the region.

Forecasters say sustained winds of 20 to 35 mph are expected as southerly winds increase later in the day. Fears of power outages are heightened due to this year’s early spring foliage, which could add to the potential for wind damage. Rain-soaked ground could also allow trees to easily topple or become uprooted.

High winds have already knocked out power for thousands of residents in nearby Lake Forest Park.

In the event of a power outage, the City of Issaquah recommends a variety of helpful tips, while utility provider PSE recommends reporting outages through an automated phone system at 1-888-225-5773.

Around Issaquah and Sammamish, steady rain is expected to continue into the evening as the winds subside, with accumulations of around an inch. Snow levels will drop to 2,500 feet, topping the Issaquah Alps with snow, but overall snow levels are low enough that river flooding is not a concern.

The rest of Easter weekend’s forecast is a soggy one for egg hunters, with off-and-on showers and temperatures gradually rising above 50 degrees by Sunday.