Flash Flood Watch
Issued by NWS Spokane, WA

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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPOKANE WA
1251 PM PST TUE JAN 17 2017

...RAIN AND SNOWMELT MAY CAUSE LOCALIZED FLOODING ISSUES BEGINNING
WEDNESDAY...

IDZ001>004-026-027-WAZ031>037-041-043-044-182100-
/O.NEW.KOTX.FA.A.0001.170118T1400Z-170120T1400Z/
/00000.0.IC.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
NORTHERN PANHANDLE-COEUR D`ALENE AREA-IDAHO PALOUSE-
CENTRAL PANHANDLE MOUNTAINS-LEWISTON AREA-
LEWIS AND SOUTHERN NEZ PERCE COUNTIES-NORTHEAST BLUE MOUNTAINS-
LOWER GARFIELD AND ASOTIN COUNTIES-WASHINGTON PALOUSE-
MOSES LAKE AREA-UPPER COLUMBIA BASIN-SPOKANE AREA-
NORTHEAST MOUNTAINS-WENATCHEE AREA-OKANOGAN VALLEY-
WATERVILLE PLATEAU-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF RATHDRUM, COEUR D`ALENE, POST FALLS,
HAYDEN, WORLEY, MOSCOW, PLUMMER, POTLATCH, GENESEE, KELLOGG,
PINEHURST, OSBURN, WALLACE, MULLAN, LEWISTON, LAPWAI, PECK,
CULDESAC, GIFFORD, KAMIAH, CRAIGMONT, NEZPERCE, WINCHESTER,
ANATONE, PEOLA, CLARKSTON, POMEROY, PULLMAN, COLFAX, ROSALIA,
LA CROSSE, OAKESDALE, TEKOA, UNIONTOWN, MOSES LAKE, EPHRATA,
OTHELLO, QUINCY, RITZVILLE, GRAND COULEE, ODESSA, WILBUR,
COULEE CITY, SPOKANE, CHENEY, DAVENPORT, ROCKFORD, DEER PARK,
BRIDGEPORT, WATERVILLE, AND MANSFIELD
1251 PM PST TUE JAN 17 2017

...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE
THURSDAY NIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPOKANE HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF IDAHO AND WASHINGTON, INCLUDING THE
  FOLLOWING AREAS IN IDAHO, CENTRAL PANHANDLE MOUNTAINS, COEUR
  D`ALENE AREA, IDAHO PALOUSE, LEWIS AND SOUTHERN NEZ PERCE
  COUNTIES, LEWISTON AREA, AND NORTHERN PANHANDLE. IN WASHINGTON,
  LOWER GARFIELD AND ASOTIN COUNTIES, MOSES LAKE AREA, NORTHEAST
  BLUE MOUNTAINS, NORTHEAST MOUNTAINS, OKANOGAN VALLEY, SPOKANE
  AREA, UPPER COLUMBIA BASIN, WASHINGTON PALOUSE, AND WATERVILLE
  PLATEAU.

* FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT

* A PERIOD OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN WILL ARRIVE TUESDAY NIGHT,
  LAST THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT, AND WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY ABOVE
  FREEZING TEMPERATURES. WITH WIDESPREAD MID AND LOW ELEVATION
  SNOW, THE RESULTING RUNOFF FROM RAINFALL AND SNOWMELT MAY BE
  ENOUGH TO CAUSE LOCALIZED FLOODING ISSUES. FLOODING MAY BE
  EXACERBATED IN AREAS WHERE STORM DRAINS AND DITCHES ARE CLOGGED
  WITH SNOW AND ICE OR WHERE SOILS ARE FROZEN. ICE JAMS ON FROZEN
  RIVERS AND CREEKS ARE ALSO A POSSIBILITY WITH THIS EVENT.

* MOST LIKELY IMPACTS FROM THIS EVENT INCLUDE FLOODED ROADS AND
  URBAN AREAS WHERE DITCHES AND STORM DRAINS ARE CLOGGED WITH
  SNOW, PONDING WATER IN LOW LYING AREAS WITH POOR DRAINAGE OR
  FROZEN GROUND, SHARP RISES ON SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS, AND ICE
  JAMS ON CREEKS AND RIVERS.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT FLOODING IS POSSIBLE BUT NOT IMMINENT IN
THE WATCH AREA. YOU SHOULD MONITOR FORECASTS, BE ALERT FOR
POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS, AND MAINTAIN AWARENESS OF LOCAL
CONDITIONS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE
PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP. REPORT ANY ICE
JAMS TO LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OR LAW ENFORCEMENT.

MONITOR RIVER FORECASTS AT
WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS2/INDEX.PHP?WFO=OTX

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