Flood watch issued
Heavy rains expected
October 20, 2017
(SEATTLE, WA.) -- The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Flood Watch from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon 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.
A rain soaked US Highway 2 near Monroe.Sky Valley Chronicle photo. CLICK to enlarge
In west central Washington the Flood Watch is posted for King, Lewis, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties.
The weather service says heavy rain is forecast to fall Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon with the period of heaviest rain being Saturday night.
Most computer projections show the focus of rainfall will be in the Cascades from about Stevens Pass southward, with less in the North Cascades and Olympics.
"However, past experience with these heavy rain events shows that models can easily misjudge where the rainfall eventually falls," said the weather service statement. "There is a chance that heavy rain could spread to the northern Cascades and Olympics. The flood watch covers nearly every county of Western Washington."
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.
You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.