South Sound downpour expected to lighten up this week

If it seemed like it didn’t stop raining in the South Sound Halloween weekend, that’s because it didn’t.

National Weather Service meteorologist Josh Smith said there was an almost continuous downpour from 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

That amounted to 3.4 inches of rain as of 2 p.m. Sunday, according to the Tacoma Narrows Airport weather gauges.

There were a few breaks in the downpour, but they were less than two hours each.

Meanwhile, the storm meant heavy snow for places above 4,000 feet Sunday, Smith said.

Paradise at Mount Rainier was expected to get between 13 and 20 inches by Monday morning, and Chinook Pass was expected to get 5 to 10 inches.

At lower elevations, the rain caused moderate flooding Saturday afternoon and evening on the Carbon River south of Carbonado, and on the Puyallup River near Orting. Both had subsided Sunday.

Pierce County said it had road crews monitoring 20 places with water over roadways 9 a.m. Sunday. Military Road between 122nd Street East and state Route 162 was expected to be closed until late Sunday, due to downed trees and mud on the road, caused by a plugged pipe, the county said.

The rest of the week is expected to be somewhat drier.

“We’re looking at an improvement from this weekend,” Smith said.

There’s a chance of showers Monday and Tuesday, then it should be clear through Thursday morning, with a slight chance of rain Thursday through Friday night and a chance of showers during the weekend.

Temperatures should be as high as the low- and mid-50s, and dip into the low- and mid-40s.