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Originally published November 1, 2013 at 8:24 PM | Page modified November 2, 2013 at 11:42 AM

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Winds bring power outages, close 520 bridge

At least 6 inches of snow is expected to drop on mountain passes this weekend while wind is hitting the Seattle area hard.

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It’s November, typically Seattle’s wettest month, and a weekend storm has moved in as a reminder.

On Saturday morning, winds whipped waves in Lake Washington onto the Highway 520 and I-90 bridges, forcing the late morning closure of the 520. Thousands lost power in Seattle and outside the city. Windy conditions are expected throughout the day, and more outages can be expected.

The brunt of the storm is expected to hit Western Skagit and San Juan counties with sustained west winds of about 40 mph and gusts of 60, the weather service says.

Gale warnings are in effect for boaters along the Western Washington coast and Puget Sound, said weather-service meteorologist Johnny Burg.

At least 6 inches of snow is expected to drop on Stevens and Snoqualmie passes over the weekend, Burg said snow will fall in the mountains starting Saturday afternoon, when the snow level could drop to about 3,000 feet.

By Sunday, the snow level is expected to fall to 2,500 feet. While at least 6 inches of snow could gradually accumulate over the mountain passes Saturday and Sunday, Mount Baker and Mount Rainier are expected to get about a foot of snow.

Less than an inch of rain is expected to fall in lower-lying areas including Seattle.

On Sunday, winds in Western Washington should die down to a breeze, at most.

“This is November. It’s not anything blockbuster — just your typical fall storm,” Burg said.

While the weather service isn’t expecting a particularly wet weekend in Seattle, it’s not as if we haven’t had our share of rain. Records taken at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport show that the 27.11 inches of rain that had fallen as of Oct. 31 had already exceeded the area’s average annual rainfall for the past 30 years, 25.57 inches.

Skies should clear up in the Seattle metro area for Sunday night and the first half of Monday, but rain could return that night and then come and go through Friday, the weather service says.

Temperatures throughout the weekend for the Seattle metro area are expected to vary from the mid-40s to the low-50s until Tuesday.

Alexa Vaughn: 206-464-2515 or On Twitter @AlexaVaughn.

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