It’s officially the wettest winter in Seattle history, and it’s not over yet.
The National Weather Service said 22.78 inches of rain have fallen at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport since Dec. 1.
That beats the previous record of 22.77 inches, set in the winter of 1998 to 1999.
With 10 days left in the month and more rain expected this weekend, meteorologist Josh Smith said the record will likely scooch above 23 inches.
Saturday is expected to provide a brief weather break before rain returns Sunday, but 15 mph winds are possible both days.
“Next week we transition to a drier period,” Smith said.
There is a slight chance of rain Monday, but it is expected to be partially sunny most of next week.
Until then, another storm system will move through Western Washington.
A winter weather advisory was in place for the Cascade Mountains until Saturday with 6 to 18 inches expected in some areas.
Paradise was expected to get about 15 inches overnight Friday, the weather service said.
The snow level rose to 4,000 feet Friday but was to drop to 2,500 feet later in the night.
Forecasters warned of snow-covered roads and reduced visibility above 3,500 feet.
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