Mud on the tracks cancels trains; more landslides possible

Over the past several days, Western Washington has seen up to 2 to 5 inches of rain.

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.

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.

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