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Warming Temperatures and Rain May Lead to Flooding

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(Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

(Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) — With rain and  temperatures in the mid 40’s predicted for Friday and the weekend, flooding is the next issue local residents may have to deal with.

Although snow will continue to fall in the Cascades and much of Eastern Washington where the cold and chance of freezing rain will linger into the weekend, snow and ice in the western part of the state will begin melting.

The melting snow could cause urban and small stream flooding and fill the Skokomish and Chehalis rivers above flood stage by Saturday evening.  More rain is forecast early next week that could make flooding more of an issue.   According to Mike McFarland, a meteorologist  at the National Weather Service office in Seattle, a series of frontal systems will bring rain to the lowlands and snow in the mountains over the next few days.  “There are three, four or five of them lined up across the Pacific,” he said.

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