Heavy rain could increase flooding risk in western Washington this week

River levels are expected to rise later this week after heavy rain soaks western Washington and snow levels skyrocket.

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — One week after historic flooding devastated northwest Washington, more rain and the risk of flooding is on the way, although it won’t be nearly as severe.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Hydrologic Outlook on Monday that warns rising snow levels combined with heavier rain will cause rivers to rise, bringing the threat of flooding to western Washington between Thursday and Saturday.

From Wednesday evening through Friday morning, the Cascades could see 2-3 inches of rain, and the lowlands could

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