Heavy rain continues to pour down across Western Washington, flooding roads and raising the risk of landslides.
“While you were sleeping, it rained. And then it rained some more,” the National Weather Service said.
Welll while you were sleeping, it rained. And then it rained some more (unless you were in the Olympic rain shadow). There’s more on the way into Wednesday AM. Heavy at times. There’s a lot of water on roadways and in rivers/streams so pay attention when driving today! #wawx pic.twitter.com/s8htbBRC5x
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) January 12, 2021
That’s had several roads face partial closures brought on by dangerous amounts of standing water, including a lane of northbound I-5’s on-ramp from Southcenter, part of SR 99’s southbound off-ramp to South Royal Brougham, and more.
Snow has also been dumping in the Cascades, bringing the following 24-hour snow totals:
Mt. Baker Ski Area: 11 inches
Stevens Pass: 11 inches
Snoqualmie Pass: 19 inches
Crystal Mountain: 3 inches
Paradise Mt. Rainier: 5 inches
Despite the influx of new snow, the Summit at Snoqualmie is closing its Alpental and Silver Fir peaks Tuesday, with weather conditions in the area switching to heavy rain overnight. Summit Central, Central Exp, Triple 60, and Holiday will all “be operating as scheduled.”
Meanwhile, a landslide along SR 112 at MP 36.9 in Clallam County has that roadway entirely closed as crews work to clear debris and fallen trees.
Drivers are advised to heed road closure signs, following traction requirements, give plenty of room to workers, and prepare for the chance of significant delays.
More heavy rain is expected