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Warm Weather Expected This Weekend

The National Weather Service says temperatures are forecast to climb well above normal this weekend. At this time, it appears that the warmest day will be Saturday on the coast and on Sunday over the interior. Highs on Saturday are forecast to climb into the 80s on the coast, away from the ocean. Expect temperatures to soar into the mid 80s to mid 90s across much of the interior on Sunday. Temperatures expected in the Shelton area:

If you are planning on heading to area rivers and lakes this weekend to beat the heat, please keep in mind that the water is still too cold for swimming. Wear an approved life jacket. Drownings tend to occur during hot spells in Western Washington.

Flood Warning for Skokomish River

A Flood Warning is in effect for the Skokomish River. The River is expected to crest near 17.4 feet around 5 PM today and will fall toward the 17-foot flood stage Wednesday but will likely rise again to stay near or above flood stage until early Thursday.

At 17 feet, the Skokomish will cause widespread flooding of pasture lands with water flowing over West Bourgault Road and Skokomish Valley Road.

Flood Watch Issued for Skokomish

A flood watch has been issued for the Skokomish River effective from Wednesday morning through last Wednesday night. According to forecasters, a storm system will impact Western Washington beginning Tuesday evening and lasting through Thursday. The storm will bring 3 to 6 inches of rain to the Olympic Mountains and 1 to 2.5 inches to the lowlands on the east and north sides of the Olympic Peninsula. Meanwhile, snow levels will be 8000 feet lowering to 6000 feet by the end of the event. The amount of runoff generated from this storm would be plenty enough to drive the Skokomish River above flood stage but remain in minor flood category.

The River is to expected to rise above the 17-foot flood stage Wednesday afternoon, crest near 17.6 feet about 10 PM Wedensday, and start dropping Thursday morning.

Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the Puget Sound basin, effective from 8 AM to 3 PM Friday. Forecasters expected southwest wind 20 to 35 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH. Wind this strong can cause local power outages and make driving difficult especially for high profile vehicles.

Flood Warning for Skokomish

A flood warning is now in effect for the Skokomish River. The flood warning is effective until late Friday night. According to forecasters, heavy rain is ending in the Olympic Mountains but the River has risen above the 17-foot flood stage and is expected to crest near 17.6 feet around 4 PM Thursday. The Skokomish will remain near 17.5 feet overnight and fall below flood stage Friday evening.

Minor flooding is occurring in the Skokomish Valley with water flowing into pasture lands and over West Bourgault Road and Skokomish Valley Road.

Flood Warning Continues for Skokomish

The flood warning continues for the Skokomish River although forecaster say “Hydrologically significant rainfall has come to an end over the south slopes of the Olympics.” The River will slowly recede today.

The Skokomish crested at 17.5 feet at 1 AM and is expected to fall below the 17.5-foot flood stage this evening. Minor flooding of pasture lands in the Skokomish Valley will continue. Skokomish Valley Road and West Bourgault Road remain closed to through traffic due to flooding.

Flood Warning Issued for Skokomish River

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Skokomish River. Heavy rain will continue over the south slopes of the Olympics today (Wednesday) pushing the Skokomish well above flood stage by this afternoon. The rains will taper off tonight. The river will recede below flood stage on Thursday.

The Skokomish is expected to crest at just under 18 feet about 4 PM and fall below the 17-foot flood stage about 7 AM Thursday morning. Forecasters say “minor” flooding is occuring in the Skokomish Valley with water flooding pasture lands and flowing over West Bourgault Road and Skokomish Valley Road.

Flood Watch Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for a portion of Western Washington including Mason County. The flood watch is effective from Tuesday eveing through Wednesday evening. Heavy rainfall is expected along the southwest slopes of the Olympics. Forecasters say the Skokomish River is likely to to flood stage Tuesday night and Wednesday while some portions of other rivers, including the Satsop, may approach flood stage as well.

The Skokomish is expected to reach the 17-foot flood stage midday Tuesday and could rise as high as 18 feet.

Heavy Rain Could Lead to Flooding

The National Weather Service says heavy rain Tuesday through Wednesday could drive some Western Washington rivers above flood stage. Rainfall totals of 5 to 8 inches are possible in the Olympic Mountains during that 48 hour period, with 4 to 7 inches possible in the Cascades. The snow level will rise to 7000 to 8000 feet through Tuesday night, then fall to around 6000 feet late Wednesday as precipitation begins to decrease.

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