An atmospheric river is causing heavy rain and flooding in Seattle this week.
Seattle is under a flood watch until Thursday, December 7 at 4:00 a.m.
All of Western Washington is at risk of flooding caused by heavy rainfall and snowmelt through at least Wednesday. An atmospheric river is causing road closures and overflowing rivers in the area. The Snohomish River at Monroe, the Snoqualmie River at Carnation, and the Skagit River at Mount Vernon are all expected to reach a stage of major flooding.
There is also a danger of landslides in Seattle. Seattle Department of Transportation shared this statement on Tuesday, December 5:
“Due to ongoing flooding and rain in the forecast, expect potential landslides throughout Seattle this week. If you come across one, stay safe by moving away from the slide and contacting us (206) 684-ROAD .”
If you must drive in the Seattle or Western Washington area during this week’s heavy rainfall, take the following precautions:
- Check here to see if you live in an active flood zone.
- Ensure your home is prepared for flooding.
- Do not drive through closed or flooded roadways. When in doubt, turn around!
- Keep an eye out for landslides.
For more information and regular updates, you can visit https://www.weather.gov/sew/.