October comes in like a desert, out like a rain forest

SEATTLE -- Forget the traditional scary costumes of ghost, goblins, or Justin Bieber, popular costumes around the Seattle area this year might include mermaids, swamp monsters, or perhaps simply going as Noah.
A drenching rain storm was pummeling Western Washington for a second-straight day, not only forcing some extra creativity for keeping dry but causing some flooding issues as well.

A Flood Warning remains in effect for the very-flood-prone Skokomish River, with minor flooding expected through Thursday afternoon. Elsewhere, a Flood Watch remains in effect for rivers in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom County meaning flooding is possible. Any flooding that occurs would be minor.

The National Weather Service is also telling all counties of Western Washington that minor small stream and urban flooding along roadways.

All the rain made certainly made it a trick for commuters to get into the city Wednesday morning. A semi-truck flipped over on I-405 in Kirkland. Not far from that wreck, a car that slid into a barrier.

On the Valley Freeway, several cars tangled up to create miles of backups coming in from the South End. Once the sun came up, another wreck on SR-520 had just one lane of cars and buses squeaking by. If that wasn't wild enough, on northbound I-5 in Tukwila, police created a pretty big distraction while guarding a broken down prison bus for much of the morning commute.

Off the roads, water piled up in yards. A drainage pond overflowed at a Mukilteo apartment complex Wednesday and flooded three or four units. Residents awoke to find 3 feet of water inside. Maintenance crews did have a pump in place to drain water from the pond, but it was discovered a wire had been cut and the pump was not operational.

Rainfall totals have been impressive, especially considering how dry it was just a few short weeks ago. Up to 3 inches of rain fell on the coast and west slopes of the Cascades while the interior lowlands of Western Washington got 1 to 2 inches. The mountains could get another 1 to 2 inches of rain Wednesday while the lowlands get one-half to more than another inch, the Weather Service said.

More than 3 inches of rain have fallen this week in Seattle. A record 1.36 inches fell Tuesday at Sea-Tac Airport, breaking the old mark for the date of 0.87 set in 1997. Wednesday's record was 1.04" and was likely safe, but Seattle was set to add at least another half inch to the monthly rain total.

In fact, as of mid-morning Wednesday, Seattle was perched at the 8th wettest October on record at Sea-Tac, with enough rain left in the forecast to perhaps push the month into 5th place by the end of the day. And that's after going the first 11 days of the month with no rain.

Rain will gradually taper off this evening and overnight leaving us with just scattered showers for Thursday and perhaps a dry Friday. But more rain is in store for the weekend.