CHANGE TO COLD WEATHER STARTS MONDAY Flood warning in effect for Puyallup River December 02, 2013
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(MONROE, WA) -- Get ready to put the warm winter clothes and gloves on as a change to much colder weather is expected Monday and on through the week.
A strong cold front began moving southward across western Washington Sunday night and snow levels are expected to fall to a very low 500 feet in the interior from Seattle northward Monday morning and will fall below 500 feet across the interior by Monday evening.
The National Weather Service says the best bet for snow in The Lowlands of western Washington on Monday will be on hilltops above about 500 feet away from the water in the interior from about Tacoma northward.
Some snow showers will be accompanied by temperatures above freezing so "brief and spotty accumulations of an inch or two will be confined to mainly grassy areas, " says a National Weather Service (NWS) statement While some flurries are possible into Monday night, the air mass will be drying as temperatures fall below freezing.
Very windy conditions are expected in the "Fraser River outflow" area from Sumas and Lynden, Washington southwestward through Bellingham and into the San Juan Islands.
Northeast winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph are likely across portions of this area late Monday afternoon through Tuesday. The windy conditions will be accompanied by temperatures around 20 degrees giving wind chill values near zero.
The NWS says it appears at this time that it will remain quite cold through the upcoming weekend. Low temperatures will average 15 to 25 with highs struggling to get above freezing. There is a chance of a little snow Thursday night through Friday night as a weak system moves by to the west.
FLOOD WARNING FOR PUYALUP RIVER
The NWS says the flood warning for the Puyallup river near Orting is in effect until Monday afternoon.
At 2:45 am Monday the flow n the river was 6293 cfs (cubic feet per second) and flood flow is only 4500 cfs.
The weather service says minor flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecast even though the river has crested and will continue to fall to below flood flow sometime Monday morning.
At 4500 cfs the Puyallup river will flood some areas along the upper Puyallup river above Orting. Areas include but are not limited to the Neadham Road vicinity, Orville Road in the east vicinity in areas south of Brooks Road, east and north of Electron Road and the country subdivision/Tomolla Tree Farm vicinity.