UPDATE, 7:05 p.m. | The Snoqulamie River is on a Phase III flood alert, which means flooding of varied depths may occur in the entire Snoqualmie Valley.
The Associated Press
UPDATE, 12:10 p.m. | Mount Rainier National Park is closing due to flooding of the road by Kautz Creek near the Nisqually entrance, according to the park’s website.
All park employees and visitors are being evacuated and all roads are closed. If you are scheduled to stay in the National Park Inn in Longmire, check with Mount Rainier Guest Services about the status of your reservation. All guests currently staying in the inn are being evacuated, the release said.
ORIGINAL POST | Forecasters say heavy rain in the Cascades is expected to cause minor flooding on some flood-prone rivers in Western Washington.
The Weather Service forecasts 2.5 to 5 inches of rain in the Cascades before a lull Wednesday and another 3 to 5 inches from Wednesday night through Friday. Most of it will fall as rain because of a high snow level.
As of early Tuesday, the Snoqualmie River was on a Phase II flood alert, which means minor flooding can be expected in low-lying areas.
The Flood Warning Center employees will monitor stream gages and weather reports, and will provide updated information on river conditions as necessary, according to a news release. Real-time river level information is available online at kingcounty.gov/flood
The flood watch is in effect for portions of Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, King, Pierce and Lewis counties.
Forecasters say Eastern Washington also will be breezy and wet for Thanksgiving Day.
Drier, colder air is expected through the weekend.
Winter-driving essentials from AAA
1. Warning devices (flares, triangles or other visual alerts).
2. First-aid kit.
3. Flashlight with new batteries.
4. Nonperishable food and water.
5. Blankets and warm clothing, including hat and gloves.
6. Jumper cables.
7. Abrasive material (sand or cat litter) or traction mats and a small shovel.
8. Ice/snow scraper for clearing car and windows.
9. Tire chains.
10. Cellphone and charger for making emergency calls.
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