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November 21, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Up to 3 inches of rain forecast for Seattle; 7 inches in the Olympics

The Seattle area could get 1 1/2 to 3 inches of rain ­– and some parts of Western Washington may get twice that amount — from a storm due to arrive Monday evening, bringing heavy rains expected to continue into Wednesday, according to the Weather Service

The storm is expected to pound the Pacific Coast with sustained winds of 45 to 58 mph and gusts up to 70 mph by noon on Tuesday..

“The heaviest rain is going to fall tonight and continue pretty much all day Tuesday and into Tuesday night,” said Doug McDonnal of the Weather Service.

McDonnal said Southwest Washington may see up to 4 inches of rain during that period, and 6 inches or more could fall in the Olympic Mountains, where the freezing level is rising to 4,000 feet.

The Weather Service has issued a “flood watch” Tuesday and Wednesday for areas near rivers fed by runoff from the Olympics.

The overall one-day record for rainfall measured at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is more than 5 inches.

 

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