A Flood Watch continues through this afternoon for portions of northwest and west-central Washington including Grays Harbor, King, Lewis, Mason, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston counties. Flooding is occurring in many areas, but with rain this morning many rivers and streams will continue to rise. Some additional rivers could reach flood stage today. After this last shot of rain with this event, snow levels will lower limiting storm runoff into the rivers from the next system arriving tonight. There is still the potential for urban and small stream flooding this morning.
A Special Weather Statement has also been issued due to the increased threat of landslides in Western Washington. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has a beta website available attempting to summarize landslide risks in Washington based on a number of factors, you can view that at this link.
A wind advisory is in effect from 6 PM this evening to 10 AM Saturday. West winds 25 to 35 mph could gust up to 50 mph along the North Coast and Central Coast.
The National Weather Service in Seattle posted an update to their Facebook page Thursday evening that said the main focus is on flooding and landslides right now, “but there are two things for Friday afternoon – Saturday morning we want you to be aware about as well.”
Strong winds are expected along the coast and along the Strait Friday afternoon – Saturday morning. In these areas, tree damage and power outages are possible.
As next system moves in, snow levels will drop to around 3,000 feet Friday afternoon & to 2,000 feet by Saturday morning. Expect difficult travel at times across the Cascade passes. Be prepared for winter driving conditions & check WSDOT conditions before you go!