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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Snow is in the forecast again this week. According to the National Weather Service, there is a chance of snow tonight; clearing Tuesday and Wednesday; and snow returning Thursday and Friday.
Today’s forecast calls for a chance of rain showers before 4 PM, then a chance of rain and snow showers. High temperature near 40. Chance of precipitation is 50% with little or no snow accumulation expected.
A wet weekend is forecast with snow predicted by Monday. National Weather Service forecasters expect rain through Sunday with a mix of rain and snow Sunday night before 11 PM. After 11 PM, a chance of snow showers is possible with less than a half of an inch expected and a low temperature of 32. Predictions for Monday have one to two inches of snow possible with a high near 39 and a 70% chance of precipitation. The chance of snow stays in the forecast through Wednesday night before changing to rain.
Heavy rainfall since Wednesday is leading to an increased threat of landslides. According to the National Weather Service, rainfall amounts ranging from three-quarters of an inch to three inches have been observed across much of Western Washington since Friday. This amount of rain adds to already saturated soil from the past several weeks. Additional rain is expected tonight that will put extra pressure on soil instability and is leading to an increase threat of landslides. Areas most susceptible to landslides are steep coastal bluffs and steep hillsides.