Windy start to Ellensburg week
It was a breezy beginning to the week Monday with high winds ripping through the Kittitas Valley.
A wind advisory remains in effect through tonight in the Kittitas Valley, said Zaaron Allen, science and operational officer with the National Weather Service. Winds reached gusts of 56 mph at 2:10 p.m. Monday four miles northwest of Thorp. Gusts of up to 52 mph were report in Ellensburg at 6 p.m.
From 1 p.m. through the evening hours Ellensburg saw sustained winds of 30 to 35 mph with gusts between 40 to 45 mph, Allen said.
The wind died down somewhat during the night, but as of this morning had picked back up again with gusts of 28 to 45 mph as of 8 a.m., he said. The wind advisory will continue until 9 p.m. with winds of 30 to 35 mph and gusts up to 55 mph.
“It is not totally unheard of. It is a pretty windy area when you get northwest winds,” Allen said. “You get the warnings when you have gusts of 60 mph and sustained winds in excess of 40 mph. That is a little more rare of an event.”
The winds will die down later in the week with 15 to 25 mph winds starting Wednesday, he said.