More rain moves in as flood warnings continue for Skokomish, Chehalis rivers

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 17, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 3:09 AM

Western Washington isn't drying out anytime soon. More rain is expected to come Tuesday night as many people continue to clean up from Monday's storm that left several rivers swollen and roads flooded across the region.

KING 5 Meteorologist Jeff Renner says radar shows increasing showers moving in from the Olympic Peninsula into Puget Sound, bringing with it moderate to heavy rain at times, along with possible thunder showers or ice pellets. Showers should ease up 8:30 p.m. or 9 p.m., then increase again after midnight. Latest forecast

For Wednesday, more rain will move through the region for the morning commute, followed by off-and-on rain. Showers increase in the afternoon as the last storm swings through Western Washington.

"Total rainfall from these systems between now and late Wednesday night should be less than 1" in Seattle- that will be far less than what we saw yesterday," says Renner.

The National Weather Service still had a few flood warnings issued for Western Washington, with Lewis County being one of the hardest hit areas. As of 6:30 p.m., flood warnings were in effect for the Skokomish River at Potlatch and the Chehalis River at Grand Mound, Port and Centralia. Latest warnings and alerts from the National Weather Service.

The city of Centralia declared a local emergency, opening sandbag stations in the 100 block of Center St. and at 1227 Harrison Ave. More information is available at www.lewiscountywa.gov

More rain and snow is forecast for the Cascades and Olympics, above 4,000 to 4,500 feet.
More showers are expected later this week and in increased likelihood for snow at Snoqualmie Pass and the higher passes Wednesday and Thursday. 

A few schools reported late starts or transportation changes Tuesday. Sign up for school closure text alerts

Two mudslides closed a railroad track north of Seattle, impacting two Amtrak Cascades trains. BSNF Railway placed a 48-hour moratorium on train travel, and passengers will be bused through the area. Train traffic will resume after 1 p.m. Wednesday, if the tracks remain clear. For more information, call 800-USA-RAIL or visit www.AmtrakCascades.com.

The Sounder commuter train between Seattle and Everett is also canceled until Wednesday evening for the same reason.

The Washington State Department of Transportation advised that drivers from Puget Sound south to Vancouver should plan ahead for ugly commutes this week as the series of storms barrel across Western Washington. WSDOT urged drivers to do their part by driving for the conditions.

• Check current conditions and closures before heading out
• Slow down
• Increase your following distance
• Allow extra time for trips
• Turn on your headlights for better visibility

Check the latest traffic conditions anytime with the Seattle Traffic App and weather with the Seattle Weather App.

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