High winds expected Friday

  • Thu Apr 1st, 2010 10:04am
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By Jackson Holtz Herald Writer

EVERETT — Hold onto your hats.

A strong cold front is forecast to move through the region Friday prompting forecasters to issue a high-wind watch for Snohomish County and much of Western Washington.

“Friday morning is when things will start to get hairy,” National Weather Service meteorologist Johnny Burg said.

Today’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a chance of showers, he said.

Then winds are expected to increase Friday, with gusts forecast up to 55 mph.

That’s enough to topple trees into power lines and create “very dangerous conditions,” Burg said.

People should tie down or bring in yard furniture or garbage cans, he said.

The storm also is expected to dump up to two feet of fresh snow in the Cascade Mountain range.

The winds likely will diminish Friday night. Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny with a chance of showers.

The forecast for Easter Sunday calls for cloudy skies and more showers.