Wet Wednesday and lots of snow in passes

Wet Wednesday and lots of snow in passes

Credit: KING

Wet Wednesday and lots of snow in passes


by KING 5 News and Associated Press


Posted on November 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 21 at 12:59 PM

SEATTLE  -- Northwest residents might be thankful for a brief break in the rainstorms, if the forecast for Thursday is correct.

The skies should be mostly clear on Thanksgiving Day, and there might even be a patch of blue.

Rains bracketing the holiday could make travel difficult in places, especially for those driving over Cascade mountain passes. Latest forecast

KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott said showers would be heavy at times Wednesday morning, followed by a chance of afternoon showers and thundershowers in the afternoon with breezy conditions. The coast should see showers and thundershowers and gusty winds of 20 to 30 mph.

The mountain passes should see mixed rain and snow showers early to mid-morning Wednesday then again in the afternoon. Snow levels will drop from 3,000 feet to 2,500 feet in the afternoon to the evening, with accumulations of 3 inches to 8 inches.

Marriott said Thanksgiving may bring patchy morning fog and some showers, but it should be mostly dry.

Friday will see steady rain changing to showers later in the day, but it won't be anything like Monday's storm that dropped a record 2.13 inches of rain at Sea-Tac Airport, flooded urban streets, knocked out power for 50,000, and killed a hunter on the Oregon coast when a tree blew down on his tent.

Fifteen mudslides hit Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks between Seattle and Everett during the storm, disprupting Amtrak and Sounder commuter train service. Sounder service has been suspended until at least Friday, unless there are more mudslides before then.

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BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says the largest early Tuesday at Everett covered 50 feet of track up to 15 feet deep with mud, rocks and trees.

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

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