National Weather Service
The green shading indicates a flood warning.
As of Wednesday, March 9, 2016
OKANOGAN - The Spokane office of the National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Okanogan, Ferry, Douglas, Stevens, Chelan, Pend Oreille counties, along with Shoshone and Boundary counties in Idaho.
Flash flooding on Highway 153
Video footage provided by Okanogan County Emergency Management.
“A very wet storm system will deliver between 0.75 and 1.25 inches of rain, mainly for elevation below 4,0000 feet,” meteorologists said Wednesday morning. “It is expected to occur tonight before tapering off Thursday morning.”
“This rain event will bring similar rainfall totals to the region as the event from last weekend,” officials said. “Mild temperatures will also continue to melt mid-elevation snowpack and contribute to runoff.
Several mud slides were reported Sunday in Okanogan and Ferry counties as more than 1.5 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period last weekend near Pateros.
Officials said soils are still “saturated” from the recent rainstorm and additional rainfall will “increase the risk for small stream flooding.