Rainfall Sunday broke records and snarled traffic throughout the Puget Sound region. Mudslides interrupted freight and passenger traffic between Seattle and Everett.
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 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 p.m. Sunday, 1.57 inches had fallen.
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Meanwhile, the previous record at the Sand Point weather station in Seattle, he said, was 0.91 inches. By 6 p.m. the station recorded some 1.57 inches of rain.
The forecast calls for more rain, then showers. A wind advisory was issued for the central coast Sunday night. A winter weather advisory is also in effect for the Olympics and North Cascades, with Hurricane Ridge and the 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.
BNSF Railway said it interrupted freight and passenger traffic between Seattle and Everett on Sunday evening due to mudslides.
BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas expected freight traffic to resume by midnight. Passenger traffic between Seattle and Everett won’t resume until Tuesday evening, as BNSF enacted a 48-hour suspension while teams check the tracks. The suspension started at 7 p.m.
Melonas said three slides have obstructed the line, the largest of which took place near Mukilteo. “A 20-foot tree slid down to the tracks,” Melonas said.
Two lesser slides were in the Blue Ridge neighborhood north of Ballard and at one point in the track one mile north of downtown Seattle.