Rain starting falling overnight, ending 49 days of dry weather in the Seattle area, the second-longest dry spell on record.
Seattle’s almost-record-breaking dry weather streak came up just shy of the driest stretch of 51 days in the summer of 1951.
This morning’s commuters face something they haven’t seen in a long time: rain-slicked roads.
The State Patrol has warned in the past to slow down when rain comes after a long dry spell. The rain releases oil accumulated on the surface of long-dry roads, producing slippery conditions that can be dangerous.
The National Weather Service said that scattered showers will continue most of today, but the recent nice weather will soon return. Expect a warming trend through the rest of the week with mostly sunny skies tomorrow and a temperature of 66 degrees. By Friday, temperatures are expected to return to the 80s, said Dennis D’Amico, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.