Wind Warning For Peninsula Today and Tonight

Wind and rain is here and remain on the North Olympic Peninsula through tonight.

Nye Kusheean of the NWS in Seattle says we could have 2-inches of rain today and there’s a High wind warning in effect for the North coast with up to 35 MPH winds today that will increase tonight..

The heavy rain and wind could also lead to rivers cresting such as the Bogagachiel, Quilcene and Sol Duc.

      Mon Nov 26 News

Kushegan says the rain will turn to showers on Tuesday and the rivers in the area may still cresting then. Then Rain showers are expected on the West End for the rest of this week.

Black Friday Sales Underway

North Olympic Peninsula merchants are rolling out the specials to encourage Christmas shopping on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this weekend.

Stores throughout Clallam and Jefferson counties are offering discounts today and Saturday for what remains a post-Thanksgiving holiday shopping tradition despite the popularity of online retail and Cyber Monday.

      Fri Nov 23 News

In Forks, Black Friday shopping has become a holiday tradition at Forks Outfitters.

Forks Outfitters will open at its normal time at 8 a.m. Friday. It will offer 15-percent discounts on rod and reel combinations, shoes, clothing, flowers and toys, store owner Bruce Paul said.

Ferries Will be Packed This Weekend

The Port Townsend to Coupeville ferry will be packed today and for the remainder of the Thanksgiving holiday with long lines and delays.

Dana Warr of the State Ferry System says most routes will experience more than double their average ridership during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

      Wed Nov 21 News

Warr projects the system will see around 350,000 riders, up around 50,000 from other Wednesday through Sunday periods in November 2017.

The busiest times for the Port Townsend to Coupeville route will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, after 9 a.m. Friday, after 10 a.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Today the ferry will be at-capacity traffic all day with the busiest times are projected to before 2 p.m.

Other busy times will be Thursday before 7 p.m. and most of the day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

That as ridership has greatly increased in the past year on the Washington State Ferries route between Port Townsend and Coupeville.

Compared to other Wednesday-through-Sunday travel days in November in the past, the PT/Coupeville route is up 67 percent this year.

Not So Big One Hits

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has shaken an area beneath Olympic National Park south of Port Angeles.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake hit just after 3 a.m. Monday.

      Tue Nov 20 News

There were no immediate reports of damage.

According to the agency’s website, people in the region reported feeling weak to light shaking.

The quake’s epicenter was about 29 miles south of Port Angeles.

Congress Urged to Address Park Maintenance Before Session Ends

Groups are making a final push before Congress adjourns this year to get legislation passed that addresses national parks’ maintenance backlog. Visitors to Washington state’s national parks spend more than $500 million dollars a year in local communities.

      Mon Nov 19 News