The steady precipitation this week has caused minor or moderate flood conditions at points along the Skykomish, Snohomish and Stillaguamish rivers, and the Skagit River has risen to levels not seen since 2006. .
Revelers at Friday’s Macy’s Holiday Parade shouldn’t necessarily expect to stay dry — but they probably won’t get drenched.
Only scattered showers are likely to appear Friday in Seattle, according to Johnny Burg, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
“It’s not going to be a dry day,” said Burg. But, “It’s going to be a break from the heavy stuff.”
While we’re expected to get a respite from the grinding rain, Thursday’s mild temperatures will bleed into Friday. Burg said Friday’s forecast high is 52 degrees.
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In the 24 hours up until 4 a.m. Thursday, Seattle had received about a half-inch of rain, Burg said. Less than a quarter-inch fell between then and Thursday afternoon, he said.
The next storm front is expected to move in late Saturday or Sunday, said Burg, but rains won’t be nearly as heavy as what the Seattle area saw over the last week.
Even with the brief break from downpours, rivers have swelled in King and Snohomish counties.
The steady march of precipitation has caused minor or moderate flood conditions at points along the Skykomish, Snohomish and Stillaguamish rivers, according to Burg. Meanwhile, the Skagit River has risen to levels not seen since 2006, Burg said.
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, residents in the town of Hamilton, Skagit County — which is about 13 miles east of Sedro-Woolley along Highway 20 — were told to prepare to evacuate, according to The Associated Press. Work crews in Mount Vernon were preparing a downtown floodwall against potential flooding that could come Friday, AP reported.
Meanwhile, a King County alert Thursday afternoon for the Snoqualmie River predicted moderate flooding for low-lying areas in the Snoqualmie Valley.
Though more rain is expected Saturday afternoon through Sunday, it won’t be enough to impact river systems, Burg said.
“Because we have this break between now and Friday and Saturday … it won’t contribute much to the flooding situation,” he said Thursday evening.