The first day of autumn Sunday, Sept. 22, will bring typical fall weather in Western Washington: winds, heavy rain and lowering snow levels.
With leaves still on most trees, wind gusts up to 50 mph could mean snapped limbs and power outages, the National Weather Service warns. Unsecured patio umbrellas and other outdoor items might be damaged or blown from yards.
Heavy rain is expected during the day and into the night, with up to 2 inches falling in coastal areas.
Snow levels could drop as low as 5,500 feet, so people hiking in the mountains should prepare for weather changes.
Whatcom County can expect cooler temperatures, with highs reaching only the low 60s. Showers and cool temperatures are predicted to last through Wednesday before the skies clear again.
For updated forecasts, check our Weather webpage.