Showers, winter mix to follow the torrential rainy night in the Seattle area


Phew! It was torrential rain, wasn’t it?

At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 1.04 inches was recorded during the 12-hour period that began at 4 p.m. Sunday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Dana Felton.

At Bremerton, 2.16 inches were recorded and Everett got 1.86 inches, he said.

At the Seattle weather station, 1.74 inches of rain was recorded, he said, a record for the date. It was the only rain record set in the region on Sunday, in large part because the rain started so late in the day.

In an unusual turn of events, the south and center of the region received more rain than either the north or the coast, Felton said. Quillayute, which typically significantly exceeds Seattle in precipitation, recorded less than an inch. Bellingham only received 0.02 of an inch.

“It dropped rapidly in the north,” he said.

Over the next few days, residents of western Washington can expect cold rain showers and a mixture of rain and snow, but “the snow is pretty much over,” Felton said.

“We will have low levels of snow, but not on the surface. “

Later in the week, Wednesday and Thursday, a warmer system will enter the region from the southwest, bringing another round of heavy rain – although it is not as much as what we saw on Sunday evening, said Felton.

It could also cause a snowstorm in Whatcom County.

When the warm low pressure air meets the cold high pressure system that currently sits over British Columbia, it will create a situation where the colder air will be taken out of Canada, Felton said.

“It won’t be as much as we got (last week), but it could be a pretty good winter storm,” he said.

Other than that, it will be a return to more normal winter temperatures for most of the Puget Sound area, with temperatures in the mid-1940s and lows somewhere around freezing.

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