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South Sound on flood watch this weekend

A truck blasts through floodwater on Case Road north of Grand Mound on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015.
A truck blasts through floodwater on Case Road north of Grand Mound on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. Staff photographer

It’s been a wet weekend so far as heavy rainfall continues to drench Western Washington.

Forecasts call for up to 6 inches of rain this weekend in some parts of the region.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch until 10 a.m. Sunday for Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pierce counties. A flood watch means conditions are favorable for flooding.

The Chehalis River is still rising and is expected to approach the flood stage at Grand Mound and Porter by late Sunday or early Monday. The Newaukum and Skookumchuck rivers could flood this weekend, according to the forecast.

Minor flooding is possible for the Deschutes, Nisqually and Puyallup rivers.

The National Weather Service also has reported an increased threat of landslides due to saturated soils.

The rain is expected to lighten up after 10 a.m. Sunday. A warm front will bring back the heavy rain Monday along with winds of up to 17 mph, according to the forecast. High temperatures will hover near 48 degrees.

The National Weather Service is predicting up to 20 inches of snow near Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. Up to 10 inches of snow is expected in the Mount Baker area of the Cascades. The service reports that precipitation is hard to predict in this case, and that earlier predictions had overestimated the snowfall.

For the latest weather, visit The Olympian online at theolympian.com/news/weather.

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