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September 5, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Rain is taking a break, but a soaking is due

A passerby in Seattle's Green Lake neighborhood uses a hooded raincoat Thursday to keep the rain at bay.  (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

A passerby at Green Lake uses a hooded raincoat Thursday to keep the rain at bay. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

 

UPDATE: 12:15 p.m. | Enjoy the midday respite from rain. It’s not going to last.

After a morning soaking that dropped more than a half-inch of rain in some Puget Sound spots in just a couple of hours, the rainfall is taking a break.

It could resume in time for this afternoon’s commute, said Brent Bower of the National Weather Service.  More certain, Bower said, is the likelihood of heavy rain overnight and well into tomorrow.

That’s when the main storm system, now parked off the Oregon Coast, is expected to arrive.

So keep those slickers and umbrellas handy, because rainfall totals for tonight and early tomorrow could reach 1 to 2 inches in the Puget Sound lowlands, and as much as 4 inches in the Cascades.

As of noon, Edmonds had had .6 inches of rain today, Seattle’s Sand Point neighborhood had .5 inches and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport had .26 inches.

A flood watch has been issued in Western Washington from noon today until 6 p.m. tomorrow.

Sea-Tac, where the area’s official readings are taken, had just 2.65 inches of rain in the entire June-July-August period.   The rainiest Sept. 5 recorded there was in 1984, when .36 inches fell — a reading that could easily be topped today.

With all the rain, temperatures are expected to take a slight dip, with today’s high only in the low 70s. Temperatures tomorrow are expected to be in the upper 60s.

Earlier today, a motorcyclist was lucky to have survived after being struck by lightning while riding along I-5 near Chehalis, according to our news partner KING5.

The approaching storm has prompted Seattle city officials to warn construction crews to inspect and maintain storm drain “socks,” temporary inserts often used to capture sediment from construction projects.

“The predicted weather system will not be huge by winter storm season standards, but for a time of the year that is normally dry it will be powerful,” said Seattle Public Utilities meteorologist James Rufo-Hill.

All the rain in the forecast has prompted the state Department of Natural Resources to post a blog about landslide hazards that includes safety information, warning signs and a fact sheet.

For the latest forecast, go to the National Weather Service web site.

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