Flood Watch Posted Through Thursday Afternoon In 11 Washington Counties November 21, 2017
Flooding on the Skykomish River just east of Gold Bar, WA in 2006. Photo: Sky Valley Chronicle. CLICK TO ENLARGE
(SEATTLE, WA.) -- The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a "Flood Watch" for large portions of northwest Washington and west central Washington from early Tuesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon.
Included in the watch are the following counties in northwest Washington: Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Skagit and Whatcom.
The weather service says a couple of storm system are coming in that will pack a lot of rain, heavy at times over the Olympic and Cascade Mountains Tuesday through Wednesday
The first big hit of rain Tuesday and Tuesday night will produce from 3 to 5 inches of rain over the mountains and the second shot on Wednesday and Wednesday night will bring 2 to 4.5 inches of rain,
The snow level will be above 8,000 feet and what that means is that for all but the very highest mountain peaks the precipitation will be in the form of rain and not snow.
"With the double shot of rain so close together, the accumulative effect could be enough to drive multiple rivers to flood," said the weather service statement.
As of about 3:30 am Tuesday morning the river models show that whatever flooding might occur, should remain in the "minor" category.
Rivers at potential risk of some flooding are the Nooksack, Skagit, Snoqualmie, White and Skokomish Rivers as well as others.
A "Flood Watch" means there is the potential for river flooding based on current forecasts. Those who live close to rivers are advised to monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings and be able to take action should flooding develop.
The Day The Dog Caught A Salmon Swimming Across The Road
If you're new to the northwest, you should know that it's this during time of year, the November-December period that Washington state gets most of its river flooding.
And sometimes these river floods produce some interesting views. Take for instance six years ago, almost to the day today, western Washington got hit with a powerful storm system that brought lots of rain and strong winds over a 48-hour period -- winds that knocked out power to thousands of homes.
They were gusting up to 70 miles an hour on the coast and close to 60 mph in some inland areas. And there was so much rain that dogs were catching big, fat salmon as they crossed flooded roads.
Think we're pulling your leg? Check the video below from late November 2011. This particular dog was doing his salmon catching on a road near Shelton, Washington in the Skokomish Valley of Mason County.
By Tuesday night Nov. 22, 2011 Seattle had recorded 1.68 inches of rain and that total beat the last record for rain in one day, which was 1.14 inches. Both Monroe and Snohomish had 1.86 inches of rain for the day to bring rainfall totals for the month to 4.16 inches for each community.