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February 20, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Morning Memo/Monday: Rain likely on today's holiday; how an avalanche airbag works; fatal accident this morning on I-5

Weather: Chances of rain on President’s Day today and tonight are high — 80 percent. Ditto Tuesday and Wednesday.  The forecast for the rest of the week is better, but only slightly, with cloudy skies predicted or even a chance or showers or rain. Temps are expected to be in the high 40s to high 30s.    Link to weather chart.

Traffic:  It was slow going on Interstate 5 south of Boeing Field earlier this morning but major roadways were otherwise flowing smoothly. Link to map and cams.


Surviving an avalanche:  
Our main story about the four people who died in separate avalanches Sunday  tells of one survivor who wore an airbag that kept her from being buried in the snow. This video above, provided by Backcountry Access,  illustrates how a similar device works in an avalanche.

Traffic death:  A 23-year-old motorcyclist was killed early Monday morning after striking barriers on the on-ramp from southbound I-5 to eastbound I-90, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The man, Timothy Wettack, of Mercer Island, was thrown over a barrier onto south I-5 on the right shoulder, according to The Associated Press and a report from the State Patrol.

 

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