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November 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM
UPDATED: 3 p.m. | Record rains caused havoc around Western Washington Monday morning, swamping roadways, triggering landslides and fouling commuters’ schedules – and more rain is expected through the week.
More landslides are possible through the day, as rains continued to hit saturated slopes.
Motorists should be prepared for “a gnarly commute” Monday afternoon, according to WSDOT.
Bart Treece, a WSDOT spokesman, said drivers are advised to start home as early as possible, and watch for standing water, which remains on some highways and local streets.
Updated tweets on highway problems will be posted on @wsdot_traffic.
It will be a snowy week in the Cascades, with some areas such as Mount Rainier possibly getting 100 inches of snow or more by the end of the week. An inch of rainfall can produce about 10 inches of accumulated snow.
In Port Orchard, Kitsap County, about five blocks of downtown streets were closed under about a foot of water Monday morning, due to the combination of rain and a high tide.
“When we have super high tides and heavy rains, our drains just can’t handle it,” said Mayor Tim Matthes, who said the waters closed a section of Bay Street near City Hall. Some merchants stacked sandbags in front of their doors, and at least one reported getting water inside his business, Matthes said.
A state trooper in Pacific County had a narrow escape after he got out of his car at one of several mudslides in the area, and his patrol car was hit both by a falling tree and another vehicle on Highway 101.
Neither the trooper nor the other driver was hurt..
State transportation officials said the North Cascades Highway would close at 6 p.m. Monday, possibly for the season. A WSDOT spokesman said the agency would wait until after this week’s succession of storms to determine whether reopening the route is feasible.
Shortly before 1 p.m., it was snowing on Stevens Pass and traction tires were advised, due to compact snow and slush on the roadway. Snoqualmie Pass, which is about 1,000 feet lower, was bare and wet with some standing water in places.
By 11:30 a.m., Sea-Tac had 1.49 inches of rain since midnight. The previous record for November 19 was 1.23 inches, set in 1962.
Both passes are expected to get potentially heavy snow later this week.
In Seattle, the NOAA facility at Sand Point had 1.29 inches of rain by 10 a.m.
In Oregon, the storm killed a hunter from Seattle when a tree fell on his tent. The hunter has been identified as Nathan Christiansen, 52.
A “special weather statement” issued at 4 a.m. today said the lowland areas of Western Washington could see up to 2.5 inches of rain Monday, carrying the potential for mudslides. Mountain areas could get up to 5 inches of rain Monday.
Monday’s front is likely to bring the heaviest rainfall before Thanksgiving, especially in Southwestern Washington. The storm will also deliver a significant amount of snow to the mountains.
If the forecast holds and freezing levels remain low enough, Mount Baker Ski Area is aiming for a limited opening Wednesday. The outlook for the state’s other ski areas is iffier, said University of Washington meteorologist Cliff Mass.
“It’s very doubtful at Stevens,” Mass said Sunday. “At Crystal, there’s a chance.” Snoqualmie Pass, at an elevation of 3,022 feet, is likely to see more rain than snow.
Lowland temperatures over the next several days will range between the mid-40s at night to the mid-50s during the day.
A National Weather Service winter-storm warning for the Cascades estimates the possibility of 9 to 30 inches of snow above 4,500 feet. But the freezing level is expected to rise to 5,000 feet later on Monday.
“The mountains will keep getting pounded with snow at higher elevations and a mix of snow, rain and freezing rain at times in the main passes,” according to the weather service’s forecast discussion.
A brief respite from the rain is likely early on Tuesday before another system moves in, with rain continuing through Wednesday morning. Thanksgiving Day could bring another break, with showers instead of steady rain. By Thursday evening, the rain should be back, Mass said.
Seattle Times staff reporter Sandi Doughton and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
October 31, 2012 at 8:00 AM
Hey, kids: You may want to work up Halloween costumes that include boots and a parka.
Not only did the Seattle area set a rain record on Tuesday, but we’re going to get wetter as the day goes on.
“We could get about another third of an inch of rain by about 8 p.m.,” said Andy Haner of the Weather Service.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport recorded 1.36 inches of rain Tuesday, besting the old record of .87 inches set in 1997.
Expect more showers Thursday, at least in the morning, but the chance of a glimpse of sun in the afternoon. Friday is looking dry, before showers come back into the picture.
By now, the dry streak that began in late July and continued into this month may be just a memory. Consider this bit of weather trivia: Even though the first 11 days of October were dry, we’ve had 6.14 inches of rain since then, compared to a normal total of 3.48 inches for the entire month.
October 31, 2012 at 7:12 AM
Did we mention it’s raining? So much so that we set a record for the date yesterday with a whopping 1.36 inches of precipitation, besting the old record of .87 inches set in 1997, says Art Gable at the National Weather Service office in Seattle. So you know what that means. When you go out, you’re going to get wet, the roads will be slippery, driving through standing water is a no-no and so is a heavy foot on the gas pedal. Also, rivers are rising, including the Snoqualmie, Stillaquamish and the Skagit. Might be some minor flooding in low spots.
Seven-year-old killed in crash in Everett: The child died when three vehicles crashed last night. The youngster was in a car that was speeding erratically when it hit the other two vehicles, police said. Just 7 years old.
Another candidate rejects campaign money from JZ Knight: The Olympian reports that Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero is giving away $3,600 in campaign contributions received from Knight, the Yelm-based channeler. That comes on the heels of the state Democratic Party’s decision last week to rid itself of $70,000 in donations from Knight, the founder of the Ramtha School of Enlightenment, after videos surfaced of her in the guise of Ramtha, the “35,000-year-old warrior,” making offensive, profanity-laced comments about Mexicans, Jews, gays and Catholics.
An apology to a lesbian couple: That’s what a Bellingham man did for harassing the couple outside a Bellingham bar last year. William Lane, 22, hurled gay slurs and expletives at the women when he saw them kissing last December. The women ignored him and kept walking, at least until he broke a window in one of their cars. One of the women chased him, tackled him and pinned him to the ground until police arrived. Lane, who was sentenced last week to a year in jail with all but a month suspended, says he was so drunk he remembers none of what happened and regrets all of it. The Bellingham Herald has the story.
Stories trending this morning on seattletimes.com:
- Tosh Lupoi downplays controversial move from Cal to Washington: As the Bears and Huskies prepare for Friday night’s game, both sides say there are no hard feelings over Cal’s ace recruiter jumping to UW last January.
- Region hit by Sandy struggles to resume daily life: People in the coastal corridor battered by superstorm Sandy took the first cautious steps to reclaim routines upended by the disaster, even as rescuers combed neighborhoods strewn with debris and scarred by floods and fire.
- Mill Creek wife who was shot, husband are identified: A pregnant Mill Creek woman who was found dead in her home, and her husband, who fatally shot himself, have been identified as Sandra and Sean McIntyre by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.
- Is Seattle the country’s worst-dressed city? Last week FYI Guy Gene Balk attended the Seattle Opera’s production of Beethoven’s Fidelio. The singing was beautiful, of course, but that’s not what inspired this blog post. It was the clothing. The audience’s clothing.
- With Ben Obomanu out for the season, Seahawks add former Husky Jermaine Kearse to roster: The Seahawks added former Washington Huskies receiver Jermaine Kearse from the practice squad Tuesday, filling in for Ben Obomanu, who suffered a season-ending wrist injury Sunday at Detroit.
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