Flash Flood Watch
Issued by NWS Spokane, WA

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Flood Watch
National Weather Service Spokane WA
1237 PM PDT Tue Mar 28 2017


.A warm moist storm system will spread moderate to heavy rains
over portions of Eastern Washington and North Idaho Tuesday night
and Wednesday. Precipitation will transition into light showers
Thursday with drier weather returning Friday. Incoming rainfall
combined with snow melt will lead to excess runoff on already
saturated grounds increasing the risk for new flooding and
exacerbate ongoing field flooding. Mudslides will be possible in
areas of steep terrain.

Benewah-Bonner-Boundary-Kootenai-Latah-Lewis-Nez Perce-Shoshone-
Asotin-Pend Oreille-Spokane-Stevens-
Including the cities of Plummer, Tensed, Sandpoint, Priest River,
Blanchard, Careywood, Bonners Ferry, Moyie Springs, Porthill,
Eastport, Naples, Coeur d`Alene, Post Falls, Hayden, Worley,
Bayview, Rathdrum, Athol, Moscow, Potlatch, Deary, Genesee,
Juliaetta, Kendrick, Kamiah, Craigmont, Nezperce, Winchester,
Lewiston, Lapwai, Peck, Culdesac, Gifford, Kellogg, Pinehurst,
Osburn, Wallace, Mullan, Smelterville, Calder, Clarkston, Asotin,
Anatone, Newport, Metaline Falls, Ione, Cusick, Diamond Lake,
Deer Park, Colville, Chewelah, Kettle Falls, Springdale,
and Northport
1237 PM PDT Tue Mar 28 2017


The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a

* Flood Watch for portions of Idaho and Washington, including
  the following counties, in Idaho, Benewah, Bonner, Boundary,
  Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, and Shoshone. In
  Washington, Asotin, Pend Oreille, Spokane, and Stevens.

* From late tonight through Friday morning

* Moderate to heavy rain is forecast to start tonight and linger
  through Wednesday. Additional rainfall amounts with the incoming
  system will range between 0.50 and 1.20 inches with locally
  higher amounts in the Blue Mountains and Camas Prairie.
  Temperatures will be mild contributing to snow melt on mid
  slopes and northern valleys. The rain combined with snow melt
  will create the potential for several inches of runoff.

* Water tables are running high from the last few weeks of wet
  weather and snow melt. Localized field flooding is already
  occurring and is likely to worsen. Small streams and creeks will
  see increased flows. This includes the Little Spokane River
  which is forecast to rise close to minor flood stage Thursday
  afternoon. Saturated grounds will also lead to potential
  mudslides in steep terrain.


A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.



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