Flooding and landslides after days of heavy rain

Flooding and landslides after days of heavy rain

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Flooding and landslides after days of heavy rain

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 17, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 17 at 8:19 PM

Another storm that moved through Western Washington Monday morning compounded problems already started by heavy rain, snow and wind over the weekend.

Several mudslides impacted rail lines between Seattle and Everett, including in Mukilteo and near Seattle’s Golden Gardens Park. The slides caused Sound Transit to suspend its Sounder commuter train service between Seattle and Everett for Monday and Tuesday. It will provide special buses with service to and from the Northline Sounder stations.

The rail is expected to reopen to passengers Tuesday night at 10:45 p.m. if there are no more slides

With 2-3 inches of rain in the past two days, flood warnings and watches were in effect in counties in the Southwest Interior and along the coast. Some of the flood warnings were lifted later Monday.

Rising rivers caused flooding in parts of Pierce and Thurston counties. Water levels left some residents in a Yelm community isolated and out of luck in an emergency.

Over three foot of snow fell in the mountains the past 24 hours, forcing the Washington Department of Transportation to shut down sections of Interstate 90 and U.S. 2 over the Washington Cascades early Monday.  When the highways reopened, many drivers headed to ski areas found themselves in near white out conditions on the slopes.

KING 5 Chief Meteorologist Jeff Renner says expect another round of heavy rain, wind and heavy snow in the mountains Tuesday morning.

"The result should be moderate to heavy rain during the mid morning to mid afternoon hours," said Renner. "That will be followed by a cold front, which should push through by mid-afternoon, resulting in a shift from widespread rain to more scattered showers."

Up to an inch of rain is likely Tuesday along with more gusty winds.

"In the mountain passes, heavy snow will be likely with up to a foot of snow Tuesday and again Wednesday, and possibly more than a foot Thursday," said Renner. 

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