The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from midday Saturday through late Saturday night for portions of the North Idaho panhandle and Washington. The areas for the watch include the central panhandle mountains and northern panhandle in North Idaho. In Washington a watch was employed for the east slopes on the Northern Cascades, the northeast mountains, the Okanogan highlands, the Okanogan valley and the Wenatchee area.
The flooding watch comes after another round of moderate to heavy rain Saturday and Saturday night could increase the threat of flooding. Rain is expected to be up to half an inch to over an inch. The new round of precipitation on top of recent heavy rain on Thursday night will lead to saturated soils increasing the chance of flooding, overflowing of poor drainage areas, areas below recent forest fires also have a higher threat for erosion and mudslides.
Plugged culverts may also cause backups that can overtop roads, the warning said. The NWS is asking people to monitor forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.