Relentless rain closes Thurston County roads

The National Weather Service says Olympia will have winds of 22-24 mph Tuesday, with gusts to 33.
The National Weather Service says Olympia will have winds of 22-24 mph Tuesday, with gusts to 33.

The storms of November keep rolling through, already dumping more rain in 17 days than the area usually gets in the entire month of November.

Before Tuesday’s 2-plus inches are official, Olympia had logged 9.21 inches of rain in November. The average for the month is 8.63 inches, according to Kirby Cook of the National Weather Service office in Seattle.

Tuesday’s storm came with a lot of wind, but the worst of it was north of Seattle and on the coast. The highest gust registered 43 mph at the Olympia airport.

Scattered small power outages were reported Tuesday, most with one to 10 customers, according to the Puget Sound Energy outage map.

The brunt of the storm had moved through by late Tuesday afternoon and systems coming the rest of the week are expected to be uneventful, Cook said. Snow levels will be lower the rest of the week, he said, but are not expected to reach the lowlands.

The Chehalis river at Grand Mound is expected to have minor flooding and to crest Thursday.

Cook said it’s a little early to forecast for Thanksgiving travel, but the 6-10 day outlook calls for temperatures to be lower than normal and accompanied by — you guessed it — rain.

“But some models are forecasting very cold temperatures around Thanksgiving,” he said, cautioning, “A lot can change in that time frame.”

Here are some weather-related incidents as of 4 p.m. Tuesday.


▪ Prather Road Southwest between Oregon Trail Road and Lundeen Road.

▪ 110th Avenue Southwest between Littlerock Road and Delphi Road.

▪ Tilley Road Southwest at the 15000 block of Anderson Road (gravel portion) between U.S. Highway 12 and McCormick Road.


▪ Independence Road Southwest between James Road and Michigan Hill Road, which is good news for people affected by the closure of Prather Road.

▪ 188th Avenue Southwest between Moon and Anderson roads.


Mary M. Knight School District was closed Tuesday because of a power outage.

Jerre Redecker: 360-754-5422, @jredecker