Update: here are the maximum gusts yesterday (mph). In exposed locations, there were gusts to the mid-50s. Lots of gusts to 30-40 mph around Puget Sound, with elevated and water locations getting to 40-50 mph. Windy in the mountains.
A tight, but strong, low center is about to pass north of the Puget Sound region, bringing strong wind gusts that could get as high as 50 mph in exposed locations.
The UW WRF forecast model shows the predicted low at 8 AM (see below), with a large pressure difference on its periphery (solid lines are isobars, lines of constant pressure)
And the 8 AM satellite imagery clearly shows the swirl offshore.
So batten down the hatches and get ready...the wind is about to blow. City Light and the other utilities should get read...some folks are about to lose their power.
The Northwest Weather Workshop, the big annual weather gathering in the Northwest, will take place on March 3-4, 2017 in Seattle (NOAA Sand Point Facility). Everyone is welcome. For more information and to register, go to https://www.atmos.washington.edu/pnww/