Storm forecast: heavy rain but not severe wind

National Weather Service posted this photo to Facebook this week, showing the forecasts for this weekend.

National Weather Service posted this photo to Facebook this week, showing the forecasts for this weekend.

The first big fall storm will lessen in severity as it makes its way north.

A high wind warning is in effect for the southern panhandle through Friday afternoon. National Weather Service meteorologist Pete Boyd says Hydaburg is seeing gusts over 60 mph with Ketchikan’s wind up to 40 mph. Gusts up to 50 mph in Annette Island are expected to rise.

Boyd says the wind won’t be quite as strong as the storm makes its way to Juneau.

“What we’re going to see is heavy rain starting this afternoon and that rain is going to continue tonight. We will be expecting to see the winds picking up into the 15-20 mph range going for tonight into Friday. We’ll probably be seeing some higher gusts getting up into the maybe 30-35 mph in exposed locations,” Boyd explains.

Boyd says the heavy rain may cause small streams and rivers in the Juneau area to rise, but at this time, they’re not expected to rise to flood levels.

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