A Flood Watch issued for rivers in Grays Harbor County through this afternoon expired this morning (01/24/2020). A previous Flood Warning has ended for the Satsop River Near Satsop affecting Grays Harbor County. The Flood Warning continues for the Skokomish River At Potlatch affecting Mason County
The National Weather Service in Seattle said that heavy rains and high snow levels over the last 24-36 hours have resulted in sharp rises on some rivers. A few rivers may approach flood stage today as showers continue and the recent heavy rains runoff. Showers will continue today along with the possibility of flooding.
Do not drive cars…vans…or trucks through flooded areas…this is the cause of most flood related deaths in Washington. Be alert for rapid changes and monitor developments by listening to NOAA Weather radio or other local media.
A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring. A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor latest forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
A Special Weather Statement has also been issued for most of the Western half of the state over the increased threat of landslides with the added rain.
Lowland snowmelt last week and recent rainfall has increased soil moisture to high levels across western Washington. The ground remains at threshold levels of saturation, and ongoing moderate to heavy rainfall continuing through Friday will put extra pressure on soil instability, leading to an increased threat of landslides. Additional rainfall amounts of one half inch to two inches are expected through Friday.
At least a few landslides have already been reported, locally North of Hoquiam. More landslides remain possible.
Areas above 6000 feet in elevation will see mostly snow and not be affected.
For more information about current conditions, visit www.weather.gov/seattle, select Hydrology, and then scroll down for the links to the landslide information pages.
For more information on landslides, visit the website for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources landslide geologic hazards at: http://bit.ly/2mtA3wn