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November 26, 2014 at 6:06 AM

Minor flooding under way; more rain expected

UPDATE, 7:50 a.m. | Minor flooding was occurring this morning on parts of the Snoqualmie River near Carnation and Snoqualmie, on the Stillaguamish River at Arlington and on the Cowlitz River in Lewis County.

Flooding also occurred along the Puyallup River at Orting, where recent levee work was crediting with keeping floodwaters away from the town.

Major flooding is not expected, although another 3 to 5 inches of rain could fall by Thanksgiving evening, according to the National Weather Service. A flood watch is in effect until Friday afternoon on flood-prone rivers on the west side of the Cascades.

Mount Rainier National Park, closed by floodwaters across the road at the Nisqually entrance roads Tuesday, was expected to reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Park Service.

UPDATE, 6:30 a.m. | A flood watch is in effect through Friday for the Stillaguamish, Snohomish and Skykomish rivers, according to a tweet from the Snohomish County Sheriff.

In King County, the Snoqualmie River is experiencing moderate flooding. The Green and White rivers are both on flood alerts.

Gusty winds may have caused the power outage on Vashon Island affecting more than 1,400 Puget Sound Energy customers.

ORIGINAL POST | More rain is forecast for Thanksgiving Day across Washington.

Forecasters say a break in the rain Wednesday is allowing rivers to crest as they carry off Tuesday’s rain and melting snow. Flooding at Mount Rainier caused the national park to close.

Another 3 to 5 inches of rain are forecast through Thursday night in the Olympics and Cascades. A flood watch remains in effect through Friday for rivers on the west side of the Cascades and the south Puget Sound region. The National Weather Service does not expect major flooding.

Forecasters say drier, cooler air will move into Washington Friday for the weekend. The falling freezing level will bring snow back to highway mountain passes and possible winter driving conditions for motorists returning home from the holiday weekend.

Read more:

Start early or late to reach holiday destination

Dramatic photos of Nisqually flooding

Inclement weather affecting Thanksgiving travel nationwide

 

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