SNOHOMISH COUNTY — As rain continues to fall around the Puget Sound, the National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for at least three rivers in the area ahead of a possible snow event expected late Friday night.
The Skykomish River near Gold Bar came over its banks Friday morning, the NWS said, and the river was expected to meet or exceed major flood stage by noon.
Already at 9:45 a.m., the river was flooding over the 32000 block of Mann Road in Snohomish County. The road was closed there.
The Skagit River near Concrete, Wash. was also forecasted to have moderate flooding Friday. The Stillaguamish River near Arlington was in the beginning stages of minor flooding, too.
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Also, steady rain has brought the Tolt River up to a Phase II flood alert level, with minor flooding possible, according to the King County Flood Warning Center.
Standing water around the Puget Sound was an issue Friday morning, with many drains in Seattle clogged and streets overflowing with puddles. In Redmond, water was blocking a main portion of Redmond Way, and authorities were encouraging drivers to use alternative routes. Even in Seattle, some cars and trucks were stuck in standing water.
Rains were expected to taper off later Friday, and river levels were expected to settle. However, colder temperatures and rain were expected to come through Friday evening, bringing as much as three inches of snow to some areas.