Calmer day expected, but some flooding remains


by KING 5 News

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 3:09 AM

There will be more wet weather Tuesday, it's not expected to be nearly as bad as Monday's storm that flooded roads across Western Washington as well as some rivers.

KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott forecasts off and on showers Tuesday morning, turning to heavier rain in the late morning to mid afternoon, but going back to off and on showers for the afternoon commute.  Up-to-the-minute updates on our live blog

It will be breezy at times with 10 to 25 mph winds in the morning, then a little stronger later with higher gusts in spots. Highs will be mostly in the upper 40s to low 50s.

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. Latest forecast

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

The National Weather Service still had a number of flood warnings issued for Western Washington, with Lewis County being one of the hardest hit areas. 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

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

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.