The Puget Sound area got enough rainfall Wednesday to break the old record of 0.54 inches for July 23. As of 5 p.m. we were at 0.68 inches at Sea-Tac.

Thousands of lightning strikes were recorded across the state on Wednesday as the storm moved through.

KING 5 Meteorologist Mary Lee says expected moderately heavy rain at times around Puget Sound with a chance of thundershowers and with small hail, locally gusty winds and highs in the 60s to near 70.

The coast should see a few thundershowers with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. The mountains will see heavy rain possible at times and thundershowers. Highs in the passes will be in the mid 50s-to-low 60s.


A flash flood watch is in effect through Wednesday evening for the east slopes of the northern Cascades, the western edge of the Okanogan Valley and Wenatchee the area. Details on hazard areas

The National Weather Service says it takes as little as 10 minutes of heavy rain to cause flash flooding and debris flows in and below areas affected by wildfires.

The rain may bring some help to firefighters battling fires in Central Washington.

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Overall, this is going to be a positive step, said KING 5 Chief Meteorologist Jeff Renner.

Slow down on wet roads

With the rain comes slick roads.

Capt. Kyle Ohashi with the Kent Fire Department said road conditions after an extended period of dry weather means that oils that have been deposited on roads by vehicles will float on the rain soaked surfaces, creating slippery conditions for drivers.

Ohashi says drivers should increase following distances to allow for the wet and slick conditions and slow down. Decreasing your speed from 60 mph to 55 mph over 30 miles will only increase your travel time by approximately 2.7 minutes, he said.

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