Heavy rainfall Sunday snarled traffic throughout the Puget Sound region and set precipitation records for the day--by 1:30 in the afternoon.
Heavy rainfall Sunday snarled traffic throughout the Puget Sound region and set precipitation records for March 15–by 1:30 in the afternoon.
A moving truck overturned on Interstate 90 at Richards Road, blocking two lanes of traffic for several hours. A Honda entering the freeway hydroplaned on standing water and struck the truck, which swerved and broke through a guardrail, said Trooper Chris Webb of the Washington State Patrol.
Webb said troopers investigated 50 collisions between 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. Numerous fender benders also were reported around the Seattle area.
The National Weather Service said records for daily rainfall were broken at Seattle Tacoma International Airport, Olympia and Seattle. The previous daily high at Sea-Tac was 1.20 inches set in 1974, said Johnny Burg, meteorologist. By 6 .pm. Sunday, 1.57 inches had fallen.
Meanwhile, the previous record at the Sand Point weather station in Seattle, he said, was .91 inches. By 6 p.m. the station recorded some 1.57 inches of rain.
The forecast calls for more rain, turning to showers. A wind advisory has been issued for the central Washington coast through 8 p.m. Sunday. A winter weather advisory is also in effect for the Olympic Mountains and Northern Cascades with Hurricane Ridge and Mount Baker ski area expected to get up to a foot of snow through Monday morning.
Seattle Public Utilities received about 25 reports of standing water, spokesman Andy Ryan said. He said a few extra crew members were called in, but conditions were not extreme.