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Chance of Snow Next Week

Cold air will be shifting south through British Columbia over the weekend. A weather system on Sunday will arrive as cold Fraser outflow develops. Precipitation should change to snow around Whatcom county and the San Juans on Sunday. Cold wind chill will develop and blowing snow with poor visibility will be possible into early next week in the Bellingham area and San Juans.

The cold air will spread south through the rest of Western Washington Sunday night.

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Flood Warning Issued for Skokomish

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Skokomish River. The heavy rain that started overnight will continue at times today and will drive the Skokomish above the 16.5-foot flood stage this afternoon.The Flood Warning is in effect until Thursday afternoon.

Moderate flooding is forecast. The River will rise above flood stage around 11 AM Monday and crest near 17.6 feet around 10 PM Monday. The river will fall slowly to below flood stage early Thursday morning.

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Flood Watch Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for most of Western Washington, including Mason, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Thurston, Pierce and Lewis counties. The Flood Watch will be in effect through late Tuesday night.

Heavy rain is expected across the area through Tuesday, with the heaviest rainfall expected across the Olympic and Cascades Mountains. This will cause significant rises on rivers beginning Monday morning, with a few rivers expected to reach minor flood stage overnight Monday into Tuesday.

Skokomish River Flooding Possible Monday

River flooding is possible late Monday into Tuesday along the rivers flowing out of the Olympics.

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Flood Warning in Effect; Moderate Flooding Expected

The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning for the Skokomish River and forecasters changed their prediction of severity from “Minor” to “Moderate”.

Heavy rain continues to impact the southwest Olympic mountains affecting the Skokomish River. The river continues to rise sharply with moderate flooding now expected. The Flood Warning is effective until late Saturday night.

The River is forecast to crest near 17.8 feet around 10 AM Friday. The river will fall below the 16.5-foot flood stage Saturday afternoon.

At 17.5 feet, the Skokomish 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.

At last report, Skokomish Valley Road (from U.S. Highway 101 through the dips) and Bourgault Road West are closed due to flooding.

In the last 24 hours, the Shelton area received nearly four inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

24 Hour Rainfall Totals:
Shelton 3.88″
Olympia 3.30″
SeaTac 2.62″
Hoquiam 2.47″
Tacoma 2.44″
Renton 2.20″
Everett 0.93″

Flood Watch Through Weekend

The National Weather Service has Issued a Flood watch for Portions of Western washington, including Mason, Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Skagit, Whatcom, King, Lewis, Pierce, Snohomish, And Thurston counties. The Flood Watch will be in effect from Thursday evening through Sunday evening.

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Heavy Rain Expected; Rivers Could Rise

A strong weather system will move into the region later Thursday into early this weekend, bringing heavy rainfall across much of Western Washington. The heaviest rainfall will be Thursday night through Friday night. Generally, 3 to 6 inches of rain are expected across the region, with the highest amounts over the mountains.

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Tornado Confirmed in Mason County

The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed a tornado in Mason County Friday night.

According to the results of a damage survey, between approximately 6:02 PM and 6:07 PM on the October 18th, the tornado touched down just southwest of the fire station on Pickering Road near Strong Road, traveled northeast for 0.68 miles before moving over the water of Pickering Passage and dissipating as a waterspout.

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Chance of Snow Again This Week

Forecasters are again saying there is a chance of snow later this week but again they are predicting no significant accumulation.

There is a 30 percent chance of rain and snow showers between 11am and 5pm Wednesday with a chance of rain showers between 5pm and 11pm.
Look for a slight chance of rain and snow mix from 11pm Wednesday night to 5am Thursday.
For the rest of Thursday: snow showers before 11am; then a chance of rain and snow showers until 5pm; and a chance of rain showers after 5pm but before 11pm.
A rain and snow mix is possible overnight Thursday with a slight chance of snow showers after 5am Friday.
There is a chance of rain and snow showers between 11am and 5pm Friday then a chance of rain showers after 5pm.
Forecasters say if there is another snow accumulation, it will be less than a half inch.
High temperatures will be in the mid-40s and lows around freezing.

Snow Possible Sunday & Monday

There is a threat of lowland snow showers across Western Washington Sunday and Monday as a cool and moist weather system tracks over the region. Snow levels will be close to sea level.

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