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Friday, January 14, 2011

Soggy Weekend Coming Up

Following a briefing from the National Weather Service, our holiday weekend looks to be warm and wet.

A Flood Watch (possible flooding) has been issued for most of the surrounding areas, including Cowlitz County, although no rivers are currently forecasted to be above flood stage in Cowlitz County.

Heavy Rains are expected here in the interior valleys, could be as high as 1.5 - 3 inches possible. The heaviest rains are forecasted for Sunday when a cold front moves in, although significant rain is expected for the whole period of Saturday – Monday. Freezing levels will rise to at least 7,000-9,000 feet, melting off any remaining lower elevation snow.

There is always potential for damages due to heavy rains with rising rivers and creek levels, including landslides and debris flow. In addition, heavy rains can make driving more treacherous.

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