West Valley Highway south of 24th Street in Sumner will remain closed today and probably into next week because of a mudslide and the forecast for more rain.
The blockage from a slide Thursday was twice as high as the side the day before, city spokeswoman Carmen Palmer said Friday.
A crew hired by the property owner whose slope slid away was clearing the road, she said, adding that reopening the road was problematic with the continuing rain.
The National Weather Service is forecasting locally heavy rain and mild temperatures through Sunday. By late Sunday, another 1 to 4 inches of rain is expected to fall across the lowlands of Western Washington.
The storms, originating in the central Pacific, are fast-moving and carry a lot of moisture. Because of breaks between the storms, forecasters expect any flooding to be minor.
A flood watch is continuing for rivers in 11 counties, including Pierce, Thurston and King. A flood watch means conditions are favorable for flooding but it is not imminent.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does not expect the amount of rain forecast in the next few days in the basins of the Green and White rivers to be a problem for its flood-control dams.
The forecast flows on the Green River do not present flooding concerns for areas downstream, including Auburn, Kent, Tukwila or Renton, officials said.
Freezing levels will rise to about 9,000 feet by Sunday.
More mudslides, however, could be expected.
A slide Friday blocked both directions of U.S. Highway 101 near Hoodsport in Mason County. State transportation crews were dispatched to clean it up.
Another slide covered railroad tracks south of Everett. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway said passenger service was not expected to resume before midday today.
Mike Archbold: 253-597-8692 email@example.com
KIRO-TV contributed to this report.