Clouds gather over Whidbey Island on Thursday morning. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Clouds gather over Whidbey Island on Thursday morning. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Snohomish County storm forecast calms to a rainy weekend

Expect showers and some wind, especially in coastal areas.

EVERETT — A storm that was predicted to pummel Puget Sound won’t be as aggressive as first forecast, according to the National Weather Service.

Considerable snow is still expected to fall in the Cascades through the weekend.

Earlier, forecasters predicted heavy rain and wind strong enough to make travel difficult.

“The models have made a big turn,” weather service meteorologist Mary Butwin said. “The winds have come down significantly.”

A low-pressure system should bring about a half-inch of rain and gusts around 20 mph to the Everett area through Friday, Butwin said. The wind will be calmer inland.

“It shouldn’t be too bad,” Butwin said. “We’re not expecting any flooding.”

In the mountains, the snow level should hover around 3,000 feet. The passes could get about two feet of snow by the end of the weekend.

Wind gusts could be strong enough to cause small power outages, Snohomish County Public Utility District spokesperson Aaron Swaney said. He suggested keeping a cellphone charged and having a supply of water and non-perishable food, just in case.

If you come across downed or sagging power lines, Swaney said, keep your distance — those wires could be live and could injure or kill a person who touches them.

You can track outages on the PUD’s power outage map at

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