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We’ve already had more rain than a whole normal October

A young woman covers her face as winds and rain pelt in the late afternoon of Saturday, October 15.
A young woman covers her face as winds and rain pelt in the late afternoon of Saturday, October 15. phaley@thenewstribune.com

Last week’s storm didn’t deliver the expected punch, but it brought a whole lot of rain.

National Weather Service forecasters said more rain fell during the first half of October than usually falls in the entire month.

Sea-Tac Airport received 5.72 inches this month through Sunday. It normally sees 3.48 inches in October, according to the Weather Service.

In Olympia, 7.06 inches fell through Sunday. It normally gets 4.6 inches in October.

The aftermath of the storm is still being felt.

Metro Parks Tacoma has reopened Five Mile Drive, but trails remain closed as officials assess damage.

In Mount Rainier National Park, a rock slide closed West Side Road at Nisqually Road. Geologists are evaluating the slide, three miles from the lower gate.

Park officials said Stevens Canyon Road is temporarily closed. They will look at conditions and decide whether to reopen it.

Heavy snow prompted the season closure Monday of Sunrise Road from the White River Junction.

It continues to snow in the mountains — Crystal Mountain Resort reported Green Valley is filling in with powder — and rain appears to be sticking around for the week.

There is a chance of showers until Saturday, when it should be cloudy but dry. Temperatures remain in the high 50s and low 60s.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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