Flooding WA Rivers Cresting

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SEATTLE (AP) — Three to 7 inches of rain in the Cascades and melting snow overflowed some Western Washington rivers, but the National Weather Service says they’ll be cresting Wednesday and returning to their banks.

Forecasters say a cold front moving into the state will drop the freezing level from as high as 6,000 feet to around 2,500 feet, holding precipitation in the mountains as snow.

A flood warning remains in effect Wednesday for the Snohomish, Stillaguamish, Skykomish, Pilchuck, Tolt, Snoqualmie and Puyallup rivers. Flood watches remain and other rivers flowing off the Cascades.

The cold will bring a chance of lowland snow showers over the weekend in Western Washington.

In Eastern Washington, gusty winds are forecast Wednesday as the cold front moves through, bringing a chance of snow Friday night.

— Copyright 2012 The Associated Press

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