Put away the sunblock; rain is here to stay

EVERETT — The change in the weather the past couple of days is more than a temporary break in the region’s autumn sunshine, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.

It looks like that summerlike weather is over.

Two more fronts of rain-carrying clouds are headed our way this week, said Ni Cushmeer, a meteorologist with the weather service.

The first wave came Tuesday morning, bringing a trace of rain to the area, she said. It also brought some light snow flurries to the higher elevations and passes in the Cascade Range.

The second wave is due today, and while it might bring winds of 15 to 20 mph, precipitation is not expected to be heavy.

A greater amount could come from another system due in the area on Thursday, Cushmeer said.

“It looks wetter than this current system,” she said. “We’re keeping an eye on it.”

No flooding is expected from either of the systems, Cushmeer said.

Snohomish County could catch a break with the Thursday front. Projections show it hitting the coast at an angle that would put Everett in the middle of a rain shadow from the Olympic Mountains, Cushmeer said. Usually, Snohomish County is the center of a convergence zone of winds and rain that run south of the mountains and through the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The Thursday system could linger into Friday, with some improvement expected on Saturday, she said.

The rain will bring Snohomish County closer to its average rainfall for the month. Through Monday, only .26 inches of rain had fallen in Everett in October, compared to an average of 1.04 inches by that date, Cushmeer said.

Seen from that perspective, the coming rain is a good thing, said Ron Jacobson, 40, who was visiting Everett’s Legion Park on Tuesday.

“We could use it,” he said.

Others also seemed undaunted by the apparent end of summer weather. Dennis Roland, 53, of Bothell, took advantage of some sun breaks Tuesday afternoon to take some photos in the park at Everett’s 10th Street Boat Launch.

“It’s a beautiful day, actually,” he said.

Roland said he’s not sad about the apparent end of summerlike weather.

“It’s all right, we live in Washington state,” he said.

Michael Cogdill, 50, of Everett, feels the same way.

“It’s that time of year,” he said.

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