Heavy rain increases landslide risk in Western Washington

Heavy rain increases landslide risk in Western Washington

Woodinville landslide, Feb 18, 2014

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 16 at 6:56 PM

Heavy rainfall has increased soil moisture to high levels across Western Washington, increasing the risk of landslides over the next couple of days. Landslide hazard map

Cedar River Education Center in North Bend recorded 1.75 inches of rain Sunday; Monroe had 1.35 inches.

Sea-Tac has received 7.22 inches of rain since March 1, more than three times the normal rainfall.

Between 2 and 2.5 inches of rain fell over the Olympics and north Cascades in a 24-hour period, forcing area rivers to rise.

A flood watch remains in effect until Monday afternoon for King and Snohomish counties.

The Tolt River Near Carnation and the Snoqualmie River near Carnation were both forecast to come close to flood stage.

A winter storm warning is in effect until midnight Sunday for the North Cascades and Olympics, with between 12 and 18 inches of new snow expected.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Stevens and Snoqualmie Passes, with between 4 and 11 inches of snow expected.

The lowland rain will taper off to showers later Sunday, with gradual clearing Monday. We'll see partly sunny skies on Monday and Tuesday with a few showers possible.

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