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August 15, 2014 at 11:23 AM

S’more time! State lifts burn ban on campfires in Western Wash.

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Thanks to this week’s rain, the state Department of Natural Resources is easing its burn ban a bit. The agency says fires will be allowed in fire rings at campgrounds, but only in Western Washington. And a ban on all other outdoor burning remains in effect statewide through September on…


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July 22, 2014 at 6:10 AM

Thunderstorms forecast Wednesday in Washington

The Associated Press Forecasters say a stormy day Wednesday could bring heavy rain to Western Washington and thunderstorms to Eastern Washington where lightning could spark new wildfires and flash floods could sweep debris down freshly burned hills. The National Weather Service says an inch-and-a-half of rain could fall in Western Washington breaking records for July 23. The…


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February 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Series of winter storms blowing into Western Washington

The Associated Press Some places in Western Washington could get several inches of rain in the next few days as a series of Pacific storms blow into the state. The storms could also bring up to a foot and a half of snow in parts of the Cascades. The National Weather Service says a blustery storm Tuesday night…


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February 10, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Rain returning to Washington, snow in mountains

The Associated Press The precipitation is turning from white to wet in Western Washington, and the National Weather Service says this week should be typical for February with high temperatures in the 40s and a series of fronts bringing rain. Forecasters expect significant snow in the Olympics and Cascades and mountains of Eastern Washington. The precipitation should start…


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December 19, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Ready for snow tomorrow?

Got your snow gear ready for tomorrow’s commute? There’s a winter storm watch in effect and snow is expected to fall, but just how much is uncertain, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast calls for 1 to 5 inches of snow from Tacoma to Bellingham late tonight through tomorrow morning. Talk of the first Seattle snow…


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June 27, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Rattlesnake nabbed in North Seattle; will be sent to Eastern Washington

North Seattle residents scared of snakes might want to stop reading here. Still there? All right, don’t say you weren’t warned. A Western rattlesnake was captured Saturday near North 120th Street and Fremont Avenue North by a Seattle Animal Shelter officer.  Someone had reported seeing the 2-foot-long venomous reptile sunning itself on a rock wall. The officer…


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November 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM

UPDATED: Record rain swamps Puget Sound area

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…


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November 19, 2012 at 7:54 AM

UPDATE: 1.49 inches of rain breaks record for date at Sea-Tac

UPDATE: 11:45 a.m. | With several more hours of rain expected Monday, Seattle-Tacoma Interational Airport has already broken a 50-year-old record for the date. Kirby Cook of the Weather Service said that 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. UPDATE: 10:45 a.m. | Between midnight and…


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January 10, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Snow possible Sunday, early next week

Break out the mittens. Cold air from the Gulf of Alaska, coupled with the usual January moisture, means there’s a growing possibility snow could fall in Western Washington low-lands by Sunday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Doug McDonnal. “It’s a little early to say that there will be snow, but things are developing in such a…


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October 18, 2011 at 8:45 AM

It could be a winter for skiers to love

Graphic provided by Expect a wet start to winter and a cold, snowy finish that should delight skiers and water-resource managers. That’s the word to Western Washington residents from The Pennsylvania-based private forecasting agency this week said precipitation is likely to be above normal in the Seattle and Portland areas in December, and…


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