EVERETT — Heavy rainfall could lead to more landslides and some flooding across Western Washington this week.
The National Weather Service issued an alert for elevated threat of rainfall-induced landslides through Tuesday. Areas affected include the Everett-Seattle-Bellevue vicinity, Skagit County and the Cascade Mountains. Over the past several days, those areas have seen up to 2 to 5 inches, according to the Weather Service. Another inch of rain is likely today.
Already, the steady rain caused a mudslide on the train tracks just south of Everett, forcing Sounder commuters to look elsewhere for transportation Monday.
Yes it's been wet; the soil of western Washington is responding with big puddles and landslides. National Weather Service has issued an alert for elevated threat of rainfall-induced landslides through tomorrow. https://t.co/QjwuonBELq#wawx
As this index indicates: pic.twitter.com/WIYvGmkLW4
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) April 16, 2018
Sound Transit announced the Sounder north line cancellation by 7 a.m. after reporting a tree had fallen over the tracks about 45 minutes earlier. The transportation agency recommended people take buses.
There’s a 48-hour safety window before passenger train service can resume.
Other landslides were reported over a dreary weekend, including on the Burke-Gilman Trail in King County and the Middle Fork Trail of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Places higher than 3,000 feet will get snowfall.
— Trooper Brian Moore (@wspd6pio) April 16, 2018