Through Tuesday, Seattle had received 22.19 inches of rain since Dec. 1, nearing the record of 22.77 inches through the end of February. And more is on the way.
Batten down the hatches, Seattle, rain is here — and it’s not stopping soon. This will be one of the wetter weeks in a rainy stretch of months likely to set records.
On the phone Tuesday morning, National Weather Service meteorologist Dustin Guy kept repeating two words: “another” and “system.”
Every 24 to 36 hours this week, we can expect a rainy storm to roll through the area.
“It’s an unsettled pattern that’s going to be with us throughout the week,” he said. “Sunbreaks will be few and far in between, and it will be wet and windy.”
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Our recent wet weather will almost assuredly set records, Guy said.
Through Tuesday, Seattle had received 22.19 inches of rain since Dec. 1, nearing the record of 22.77 inches through the end of February.
“It seems like a foregone conclusion we’ll break that record,” Guy said.
The Skykomish, Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers were flooding Tuesday morning. With the ground saturated, landslides and falling trees are always a concern, Guy said.
Guy expects blustery winds on Thursday and Friday as a particularly strong system works through the region.
But that system will bring some relief. On Thursday, flood worries will taper off as temperatures and mountain snow levels drop.
“The snow level should come down to 3,000 … for the weekend, the snow level will be down to 2,500,” Guy said. “It will be good news for ski conditions and alleviate some of the flooding concerns we’ve had over the last few days.”