River levels recede as drier weather approaches
After much of the Northwest saw several inches of rain during the past week, one last day of rain is expected across the region, along with snow in the mountains. This should be the last in a series of storms moving through, forecasters say.
The Global Forecast Center predicts much drier weather for Thanksgiving, though a few showers are possible in Western Washington.
Low pastures and farmland have seen flooding along Western Washington's Chehalis River near Porter and Grand Mound, which are expected to recede slowly Wednesday.
The National Weather Service also issued a flood warning for the Skokomish near Potlatch, which is likely to remain above flood stage through Wednesday afternoon.
In Western Oregon, the Nehalem River near Foss and the Luckiamute River near Suver crested Wednesday morning and will recede the next couple of days, having flooded low-lying ag lands. Rivers at or near flood stage include the Tualatin River near Dilley, the Pudding River at Aurora, the South Yamhill River at McMinnville, the Willamette River at Harrisburg and Marys River near Philomath.
Farther south, the Coquille River at Coquille crested Monday morning, bringing moderate flooding and threatening homes throughout the estuary. The water level is receding and should be below flood stage Thursday afternoon.
-- Steve Brown