Landslide risks increasing with more heavy rain in forecast

Landslide risks increasing with more heavy rain in forecast
Another soggy day in Seattle on March 3, 2014. (Photo courtesy: Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Visibility Web camera)
SEATTLE _- A very soggy weekend is about to hand off to a very soggy week ahead, and all that rainfall is bringing increased risk of landslides around Western Washington, National Weather Service forecasters said.

Already the region has seen anywhere between 1-3 inches of rain through midday Monday, and another storm due in for Wednesday and Thursday is expected to drop an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain.

Cumulative rainfall over the last week has soaked soils to the point where the region's landslide risk is at elevated levels, NWS forecasters said, and that amount of rain will put extra pressure on soil instability, leading to an increased risk of landslides going forward.

Already a few landslides have been reported around the area, including North Bend, and more landslides are possible this week, especially near steep coastal bluffs or steep hillsides.

The risk is not expected to let up any time soon. After the rather wet storm Wednesday and Thursday, long range models suggest another fairly wet storm to push through the region late Friday into Saturday.

River flooding possible too

In addition to increasing landslide risk, the soggy storm midweek is also bring a chance of river flooding. Right now, forecast models haven't zeroed on in which section of the mountains will get the bulk of the rainfall, but the Skokomish, Snoqualmie and Chehalis Rivers have the greatest chance of experiencing some flooding.

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National Weather Service Landslide Index for Seattle