Potential flooding event forecast for western Washington

POTENTIAL FLOODING EXISTS ON SEVERAL WESTERN WASHINGTON RIVERS EARLY NEXT WEEK

The latest weather models indicated that the brunt of the heaviest rain late this weekend into early next week may end up impacting mainly the Olympics and north Cascades.

The forecast areas affected are: Clallam, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston, and Whatcom Counties

The models also shoved the moisture mostly into Canada Sunday afternoon before bringing it back into the area during the day Monday. This meant that rainfall amounts were less than earlier advertised. Confidence in the forecast was low due to the major change in the forecast models. There is a chance that the models may go back to showing the firehose directed at western Washington.

Despite the major change in the forecast for late this weekend into early next week, the potential for flooding still exists for several rivers, besides the Skokomish, such as the Newuakum and White Rivers.

In addition to the potential for flooding, the landslide threat will remain elevated. Additional rain on top of nearly saturated soils will increase the threat of shallow landslides.

Please monitor the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service in Seattle on this potential flood event.

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