Scene in MLT: Heavy rain causes flooding

Jonah Wallace took these photos of flooding on 216th Street Southwest, which runs alongside the Premera office in Mountlake Terrace.

The National Weather Service reported that the Seattle area had received more than 2 inches of rain as of Friday morning, breaking a previous record for Dec. 20 rainfall that was set in 1955.

Weather service meteorologist Kirby Cook told our online news partner The Seattle Times that the cause of all this moisture is an atmospheric river, a deep plume of warm moisture coming off the Pacific from the southwest. Formerly called the Pineapple Express, the phenomenon is common here in the winter, The Times said.

More wet weather is expected through Saturday.

Motorists are advised to use caution and slow down, and avoid driving intostanding water that could be deeper than it looks.

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