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Longest November dry spell on record for Seattle area

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As rain arrives in Western Washington Tuesday, it ends the longest November dry spell on record for the region.

Monday marked 14 straight days with no rain in November for the Seattle area. It breaks the previous record set in 2000. November is usually the wettest month of the year for the region.

The Seattle area normally gets slightly more than six inches of rain during this time, but as of Monday, Nov. 21, it's only received 1.67 inches.

The National Weather Service in Seattle noted that Nov. 19 is statistically the wettest day of the year, but this year was dry.

The lack of rain, and cloud cover, also meant that overnight temperatures dipped lower than usual. The weather service further noted some new low records, such as the Olympia Airport, which recorded a new low of 17 degrees on Nov. 18, beating the previous record of 19 degrees set in 2014.

After Monday's rain, the region is forecasted to receive more rain Thursday, Thanksgiving night.

The weather system that's bringing rain to the Puget Sound region for the first time in two weeks will drop more snow on the mountains. A winter weather advisory will be in place until early Wednesday morning. Areas above 3,000 feet could get between 1 to 12 inches of rain. Drivers should be aware and prepared around the passes. Freezing rain could be a factor.

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