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Posted on: December 19, 2019

National Weather Service Calling for Flood Watch and Winter Storm Through Sunday

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch in effect from 10 p.m. this evening through Sunday evening.

The Flood Watch is in effect for:

* Portions of northwest Washington and west central Washington, including the following counties, in northwest Washington, Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Skagit, and Whatcom. In west central Washington, King, Lewis, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston.

* A strong weather system will bring heavy rainfall across much of western Washington through Saturday. Generally, 3 to 6 inches of total rainfall is expected through this period with the highest amounts over the mountains. Snow levels will be marginally high enough for much of the precipitation to be in the form of rain.

* Though current river forecasts have trended lower, a number of rivers throughout the watch area are still at risk of flooding during this time. Urban and small stream flooding is also a possibility, especially during the heaviest rain tonight into Friday morning. In addition, there is some possibility that landslides could be triggered by this heavy rain though soils are not saturated at this time.


A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor latest weather and river forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

To keep apprised of the weather advisories, visit: National Weather Service Seattle website. 

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