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South Sound’s Labor Day weekend starts wet, gets drier

Aaron Skrivan endures the smoke and haze from the many barbecues set up at Titlow Park on a Labor Day past as his father shows him the ropes. The later into the Labor Day weekend your barbecue is planned this year, the less likely it is to be rained on this year, according to the National Weather Service.
Aaron Skrivan endures the smoke and haze from the many barbecues set up at Titlow Park on a Labor Day past as his father shows him the ropes. The later into the Labor Day weekend your barbecue is planned this year, the less likely it is to be rained on this year, according to the National Weather Service. Staff file, 2002

First, the wet news: The National Weather Service expects up to half an inch of rain Friday (Sept. 2) in the South Sound.

And there’s even a chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon.

Now, the dry news: The Labor Day weekend weather is supposed to get better.

High temperatures are expected to be about 70 degrees through Monday, with partial showers Saturday before dry, cloudy days Sunday and Monday.

The snow level is supposed to be at 7,000 feet through the weekend, which means there will be snow at the higher parts of Mount Rainier, said National Weather Service meteorologist Danny Mercer.

“We’re not calling for any accumulation because the ground is still warm this time of year,” he said.

Campfires once again are allowed in designated campgrounds in Western Washington, just in time for the holiday weekend.

Recent rains and lower temperatures prompted the state Department of Natural Resources to reduce campfire restrictions west of the Cascades on lands protected by the agency, effective Friday.

The campfire prohibition continues on DNR-protected lands across Eastern Washington. The statewide ban on other outdoor burning, such as debris burning, also continues.

Pierce County will be using two ferries this weekend for service to Steilacoom, Anderson Island and Ketron Island. The two boats will run from noon to 6:40 p.m. Friday, Sunday and Monday.

Extra runs have been added so the second ferry will leave Steilacoom at 12:30 p.m., 1:50 p.m., 2:50 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 4:50 p.m. and 6 p.m. — in addition to the normally scheduled times.

On Monday, an extra run at 10 p.m. will added from Steilacoom.

Here’s what will be open and closed Monday:

▪ Pierce County government offices will be closed.

▪ City of Tacoma offices will be closed, and parking downtown will be free. The city’s senior centers at 415 S. 13th St. and 5016 A St. will be closed. Police, fire and animal control officers will be on duty.

▪ Banks will be closed.

▪ U.S. Postal Service operations will be closed.

▪ Tacoma’s landfill, recycling center and household hazardous waste facility will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. as usual. Garbage, recycling and yard/food waste pickups will not be affected.

▪ Tacoma Public Library branches are not open Sundays or Mondays and will be closed Saturday to observe the holiday. Pierce County libraries will be closed Monday.

▪ Pierce Transit buses will operate on a Sunday schedule.

▪ Sound Transit express buses 510, 511, 513, 532, 535, 540, 541, 542, 555, 556, 566, 567, 574, 586, 580, 595 and 596 will not run. Buses 512, 522, 550, 577, and 578 will be on Sunday service. Buses 545, 554, 560, 590, 592 and 594 will be on Sunday service.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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