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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

September 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Get comfortable, it’s going to be a long commute

Commuters slowly roll south on Interstate 5 near 196th Street Southwest. Seattle has recorded over an inch of rain in the past 24 hours. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

Commuters slowly roll south on Interstate 5 near 196th Street in Lynnwood. Seattle has recorded over an inch of rain in the past 24 hours. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

Stuck in traffic? Find something interesting on the radio, because Wednesday morning’s commute is going to be a long one.

Heading south on Interstate 5, from Everett to Seattle, your commute might take nearly 2 1/2 hours; on a normal day it should take only an hour, according to the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The Everett-to-Bellevue route is expected to take just over two hours. The northbound commute isn’t much better; it will take an estimated 75 minutes to get from Federal Way to Seattle, WSDOT said.

“It’s pretty nasty. It’s pretty much stop-and-go into the city,” said Mike Allende, WSDOT spokesman.

Allende blamed the slowdowns on the rain and the first day of classes at University of Washington and Seattle University.

Motorists are reminded that oil and grime build up on highways over the dry season and become slick in the first rains. Also, it’s time to brush up on winter driving habits, including keeping a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of you.

The Seattle area has seen more than an inch of rain since 4 p.m. Tuesday, most of it falling since 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, said Danny Mercer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

“Basically we have a stalled front over us right now,” Mercer said.

The showers will pass and be replaced by partial sunshine Wednesday afternoon.

He calls the weather pattern completely normal for the end of September.

We can expect scattered rain showers by the end of the week and then a mostly dry weekend.

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