Record rain floods in parts of the northwest

Since the weekend, a river of permanent atmospheric moisture off the Pacific Ocean has flowed northwest. The road was flooded during heavy rain and was closed due to a landslide.

Part of US Highway 101, about 25 miles northwest of Olympia, Washington. Stay closed in both directions Due to a landslide. This is due to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Some state and local roads are also closed due to high water levels or slides, and at least one interstate 5 ramp.

Several cities in Washington and Oregon got soaked on Monday with record daily rainfall from 1.66 inches in Portland to 2.97 inches in Seattle and 3.12 inches in Olympia. In some places it has rained as much as in February in the last two days. Even some highlands like Snoqualmie and Steven Spas were seen 5-7 inches from Sunday to Monday.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays are subject to constant rainfall, primarily in western Washington and Oregon. However, sustained rainfall can also spread to northern Idaho and western Montana. Look for more potential floods, landslides, and road closures along I-5, US 101, and secondary routes.

Main lanes of concern

• Interstate 5 from Medford, Oregon to Seattle.
• Interstate 90 from Seattle to Butte, Montana.
• Interstate 84 from Portland, Oregon to Baker City.
• US Highway 101 from Olympia to the Washington-Oregon border.
• Trans-Canada Expressway from Vancouver to Hope, British Columbia.

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