Flood Potential Outlook
Issued by NWS Spokane, WA

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Hydrologic Outlook
National Weather Service Spokane WA
331 PM PST Sun Jan 15 2017

...Rain and snowmelt may cause localized flooding issues this

A change in the weather pattern this week will bring above
freezing temperatures to much of the region and the potential for
significant rainfall to far eastern Washington and the Idaho
Panhandle. With widespread low elevation snow across the Inland
Northwest, there is the possibility for small stream and urban
flooding with this weather pattern.

Temperatures are expected be above freezing from Tuesday through
Thursday, with snow levels potentially rising above 4,000 for
most of the northern Idaho Panhandle and northeastern Washington,
and above 5,000 ft in southeast Washington and the central and
southern Idaho Panhandle. While confidence is low on the exact
location and amounts of rainfall, at this time it appears the
Idaho Panhandle will receive the greatest amounts.

The potential impacts from the snowmelt and rainfall runoff
include ponding of water where storm drains or ditches are
clogged with snow and ice, ponding of water in low lying areas
with poor drainage or frozen ground, and possible ice jams on
small creeks that have frozen over.

While no major river flooding is forecast at this time, this is
an evolving forecast and should be monitored regularly for


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