Pending Rain Will Raise Local Rivers, But No Big Flooding–Yet
The National Weather Service updated their latest forecast for the Tri-Cities and Lower Columbia Basin Friday. Besides our rainy blustery weather, they've also updated the potential for flooding in the region.
According to the National Weather Service, and our Weather Center:
"Periods of rain will continue across the Pacific Northwest through the weekend. Snow levels will rise significantly, with upper elevation snowmelt increasing rapidly. The combination of rain and snowmelt will cause significant rises on rivers and streams, persisting through at least early next week. Significant within bank rises can be expected, with some locations reaching bankfull stages this weekend. Bankfull conditions will occur on the Yakima, Naches, Grande Ronde and the John Day rivers. No rivers are forecast to reach flood stage at this time. However, minor flooding and ponding of water may occur along small streams, creeks, and ditches..." So do be on the lookout, but no flooding expected...yet.