Flood Watch for Skokomish

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for the Skokomish River. The Flood Watch is effective from Monday evening through Wednesday evening. Heavy rainfall over the Olympic mountains will force sharp rises on the Skokomish River with flooding likely by Monday night. Additional rainfall will keep the river above flood stage through Wednesday.

Forecasters says a wet pattern is setting up for Western Washington with a series of systems expected to point an Atmospheric River over the region Monday through Wednesday. Snow levels of 4000-5000 feet on Monday
will rise to around 6000-7000 feet on Tuesday. Expect the heaviest rain to fall on Tuesday, with elevated rainfall rates increasing the threat for urban and small stream flooding across the area.

Rainfall totals through the three day period range from of 3 to 5 inches in the Cascades, 3 to 6 inches at the coast and Olympics, and 1 to 2 inches in the interior lowlands. Sharp rises are expected on the rivers with a few potentially reaching flood stage by Wednesday.