Flood Warnings issued on several rivers as rain continues to soak Thanksgiving week
SEATTLE -- When you think of tropical weather, something with sunshine and palm trees might come to mind. But not this time.
Several rivers across Western Washington were on Flood Warnings Wednesday morning as a warm, tropically-moist air mass slammed into the region, bringing several inches of rain to the mountains and record-shattering warm temperatures to the lowlands.
The worst flooding so far is along the Stillaguamish River, where major flooding was forecast.
The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that flood waters from the Stillaguamish went over both directions of SR-530 in Arlington near Twin Rivers Park, covering the road in about 6-8 inches of water.
State Patrol troopers have been occassionally closing the road, but it was still open. Flooding is also expected to affect residential areas near Silvana, Norman, Florence and Stanwood and perhaps Pioneer Road, Marine Drive and Norman Road.
Along the Skykomish River, two people who were stranded by rising waters had to be rescued. No injuries were reported.
As of 3 p.m., Flood Warnings also remaind in effect for the Skagit, Snohomish, Satsop, Cowlitz, Skokomish, Snoqualmie, and Skykomish rivers in addition to the Stillaguamish. Most of the flooding was expected to be minor with the exception of the Stillaguamish river basin (major), and the Skokomish, Satsop, and the Skagit River near Concrete which were expected to receive moderate flooding.
Flood Watches remain in effect for all other rivers in Western Washington. In addition, heavy rains have increased the risk of landslides across much of Western Washington.
In addition to the rain, it's quite warm. Seattle had already tied its record high for the day of 58 degrees at 4 a.m. and then was threatening to top it by a full 10 degrees by Wednesday afternoon when the temperature stood at 67 degrees. Tacoma crossed the 70 degree mark!
Seattle is working on setting an all-time November record for warmest low temperature recorded at 56 degrees.
Lighter rains will fall Wednesday amid the modified-tropical warmth but rain will increase a bit Wednesday night into Thanksgiving Day. More steady, moderate rains are expected into the weekend.