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Category: Wild weather


UPDATED: Two snowboarders stuck in storm on Mount Rainier

UPDATE3: The search was called off at 7 p.m. due to nightfall and the poor weather. Efforts will resume at first light, park spokesman Kevin Bacher said.

UPDATE2: Rescue teams believe they’ve found the two snowboarders who spent the night on Mount Rainier. Crews got to within a half mile of two men on Paradise Glacier this afternoon and were attempting to reach them about 3:45 p.m., park spokesman Kevin Bacher said.

UPDATE: Snowboarders Derek Tyndall and Thomas Dale called 911 about 4:30 p.m. Sunday to say they were lost in blizzard-like conditions on Mount Rainier.

The pair apparently dug

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New storm could bring another inch of rain, possible flooding

Heavy rains are expected to keep pelting the region this week, bringing an inch or so in the next two days and possibly flooding a section of the Puyallup River.

“The faucet’s been turned back on,” National Weather Service meteorologist Johnny Burg said.

Showers will continue through most of today, accompanied by 10 to 15 mile per hour winds. The high is 60.

A new system is supposed to hit Tuesday and last through Wednesday afternoon. Forecasters said Tacoma could see an inch of precipitation. Mountain areas – like Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park – could receive 2 to

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Morning fog delays flights at Sea-Tac

Rain, lightning, heat and now – fog. This summer’s weather has certainly varied.

A thick blanket of fog invaded South Sound this morning, delaying some flights at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and injecting a chill into an otherwise warm week.

Forecasters said the fog will burn off by 11 a.m. and the sun will gradually come out. Today’s high is 78 degrees.

Although the fog will make its exit, clouds and sun are expected to do battle through the weekend. The forecast bounces between partly sunny and partly cloudy, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will remain in the low

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South Sound thunderstorm to last through mid-afternoon

Lightning and thunder rolled across the South Sound this morning, and forecasters say the storm could last through mid-afternoon.

“This is the summer of thunderstorms,” said Cliff Mass, a meteorologist at the University of Washington. “One of the most prodigious thunderstorm producers I’ve seen in years.”

This much electricity lighting up the skies isn’t normal in Western Washington, but is one of several thunderstorms to hit the area in the last week. It’s also affecting the temperatures.

Although the average day has been in the 70s, Mass said temperatures in July are typically 10 degrees warmer than they have been.

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Lightning strikes near Pierce County worker

A Pierce County Public Works employee was hospitalized this morning after a lightning bolt struck the ground near where he was working this morning.

The man, who has not been identified, was using a weed-eater about 8:15 a.m. when lightning struck a field at 198th Avenue East and Cascadia Boulevard, just south of Bonney Lake.

He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he is reported to be in good condition.


UPDATED: Spring snow causes school delays in east King, Pierce counties

UPDATED at 5:53 a.m.

An overnight spring snow storm has prompted a handful of school delays this morning.

The Bethel, Orting and Eatonville school districts will start two hours late. Buses in the Bethel and Eatonville districts will be on snow routes.

The Carbonado and Enumclaw school districts will start one hour late. There will be limited bus transportation in Enumclaw. There will be no Fairfax or preschool bus service in Carbonado.



UPDATED: Power outages reported in Pierce, Thurston counties

UPDATED at 10:06 a.m.

Mother Nature has brought wind to the South Sound region this morning, knocking around trees and sending debris into the streets.

Puget Sound Energy reports that crews are working to restore electricity in parts of Pierce and Thurston counties. At 5 a.m., the utility reported that assessors were dispatched to scattered outages in Bonney Lake, Lakewood, Rainier, Yelm, Olympia and Tenino.

Peninsula Light Co. reports that power has been restored to most people in the Lakebay area. Crews are now working to restore electricity in the Palmer Lake area. The utility reports that wires are down

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No school delays reported due to overnight snow

Snow has dusted the South Sound overnight but few problems have been reported because of the flakes.

There are no school delays as of 5:30 a.m. in Pierce or Thurston counties. (More snow appears to have fallen to the north, causing school delays in Snohomish County and other areas.)

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a winter weather advisory for the Puget Sound area this morning. The advisory warns of the possibility of snow until 10 a.m.

Drivers can expect slushy and slippery roads until mid-morning.