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Heavy Rain Concerns Prompt Flood Watches in Washington

21 Nov 2017, 4:36 pm

A rich feed of subtropical moisture from the Pacific Ocean is pushing into the Pacific Northwest and will bring heavy rainfall to Washington along with a concern for flooding. Flash Flood Watches have been issued through Thursday for the western third of the state. Rain totals may climb as high as 3″ to 6″ over the region. River flooding and landslides are possible as rainfall increases.

Many areas have already seen more than a inch of rain, with totals approaching 4″ in the Olympic Mountains.

Showers will push ashore throughout tonight, along and ahead of a warm front. Once the front lifts to the north Wednesday midday, rainfall will become more scattered until early Thursday. A cold front will move into the area into Thursday midday, bringing areas of heavy rainfall once again. That front will push east of the area Thursday night and rainfall will diminish.

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