Rain to give way to springtime temps

Staff writerMarch 10, 2014 

After days of heavy rain and landslides galore, the weather will finally turn to sunny skies and springtime temperatures by midweek.

Forecasters said it will be mostly clear from Tuesday to Thursday with a chance of showers returning for the weekend. Temperatures will climb into the high 50s or even low 60s, according to the National Weather Service.

Even the mountains will see sunshine, though temperatures there will hover in the high 30s or low 40s.

Monday proved to be another soggy day in Western Washington with at least two rivers reaching flood stage. Flood warnings remain on the Puyallup River near Orting and the Green River in Auburn though waters on both are expected to recede by evening.

A section of the upper Puyallup River barely rose above flood stage Monday morning, registering 4,508 cubic feet per second just before 9 a.m. Flood flow on that river is 4,500 cfs.

Officials said the Puyallup River should crest around 11 a.m., possibly reaching 4,954 cfs. That could mean minor flooding near Neadham Road, Orville Road East in the areas south of Brooks Road East and north of Electron Road and the Tomolla Tree Farm vicinity.

Another concern Monday morning was the Green River below the dam in Auburn, which surged above flood level about 7:45 a.m. as rains continued to pound down.

That river reached 9,052 cfs about 7:45 a.m.; the flood stage on the Green River is 9,000 cfs. Waters have spilled over SE Green Valley Road and minor flooding could later impact the Middle Green section and lower lying areas in the city.

A section of West Valley Highway South near Pacific remains closed after recent mudslides while King County engineers assess the road condition. It’s closed about a quarter-mile south of Ellingson Road. There are marked detours in place to guide drivers.

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