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Torrential rain, possible landslides and flooding — oh my!

A 12-hour rain map from the National Weather Service in Seattle for Monday. Heavy rain is expected on the coast, Olympics and Cascades on Monday, forecasters say.
A 12-hour rain map from the National Weather Service in Seattle for Monday. Heavy rain is expected on the coast, Olympics and Cascades on Monday, forecasters say. National Weather Service

So, yeah, it’s super soggy outside.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement Monday for much of Western Washington, including parts of Mason and Lewis counties.

“Rainfall over the past couple of weeks has increased soil moisture to moderate levels across Western Washington,” the statement read. “Heavy rainfall amounts of 0.5 to 2 inches in the interior lowlands and up 1 to 3 inches on the coast through (Monday) evening is expected to put extra pressure on soil instability, leading to an increased threat of landslides. … Landslides have already been reported in various locations in Western Washington such as near Hoodsport and in North Seattle. More landslides are possible.”

In addition, a flood warning is in effect for the Skokomish River in Mason County, which was expected to crest above moderate flood stage about midnight.

The Skokomish River’s flood stage is 16.5 feet. At 9 a.m. Monday, it was observed at 16.85 feet.

Meanwhile, in the mountains, snow levels were expected to drop to 2,000 feet, resulting in 4-8 inches of snow in the passes over the next 24 hours, and creating winter driving conditions in Snoqualmie and Stevens passes. That will cause elevated avalanche danger especially over the North Cascades.

Are things going to dry out soon? Probably not.

According to the weather service, the heavier band of precipitation that was over Western Washington Monday will shift south and east and rain will transition to showers for the rest of the week. Area rivers are expected to rise into Tuesday.

The best news is that temperatures will be mild for January and February, with highs in the 50s expected starting Friday.

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