A High Wind Warning has been issued. The Flood Warning remains in effect for the Skokomish River. And there is an increased threat of landslides as more rain is forecast with possibility of snow.
The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning from 10 AM this morning to 7 AM Saturday for the Hood Canal area and the City of Shelton. Forecaster say southwest winds 25 to 40 mph with gusts up to 50-60 mph are expected with the strongest winds in the afternoon and evening. Winds this strong will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.
Flood Warning remains in effect for the Skokomish River. Heavy rain through Saturday with continued rising on the Skokomish at Potlach. The river may exceed moderate flood stage Saturday morning. The Skokomish is expected to crest at 17.6 feet Saturday. At 17.5 feet, the River will cause moderate flooding, with deep and quick flood waters inundating some residential areas, many roads, and much of the farm land in the Skokomish Valley. Inundated roads include the Skokomish Valley Road, Bourgault Road West, Purdy Cutoff Road, and Highway 106.
Flood Watch remains in effect for Mason County through Sunday morning. Several rounds of moderate to heavy rainfall into this weekend. Rivers are expected to rise, with some rivers reaching flood stage as early as this evening. Snow levels will be around 6,000 to 8,000 feet through tonight. Heavy rainfall may also cause periods of minor urban flooding. The exact placement of heaviest rainfall this afternoon into tonight remains uncertain and will have a direct influence on the magnitude and placement of flooding. Widespread minor to moderate river flooding is most likely, but major flooding is also possible.
Heavy rainfall through Saturday will lead to an increased threat of landslides. Multiple periods of rainfall over the last several weeks, including the last several days, has increased soil moisture to high levels across western Washington. Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected tonight through Saturday of up to 3 inches in the lowlands and 7 inches in the mountains. This amount of rain will put extra pressure on soil instability, leading to an increased threat of landslides being triggered beginning tonight but especially Friday through Saturday.
Forecasters are also saying snow is possible beginning Saturday night as temperatures start to fall. However, little or no accumulation is expected.