Rainfall spurs warning of rising waters

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WALLA WALLA -- People living near creeks and streams are being warned to watch for rising water over the next few days.

A series of storms that will move through the region are expected to enhance the potential for flooding late this week and through the weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, one system will move through today with the next system on Thursday and another system Friday and Saturday.

Each system is expected to bring around one inch of precipitation to the east slopes of the Cascades with one-quarter to one-half inch of precipitation elsewhere.

Snow levels will be around 4,000 to 6,000 feet and decrease slightly at night as low temperatures in the mountains range from 30 to 35 degrees.

The cumulative amount of precipitation and increased runoff from snowmelt will cause rises on creeks, streams and rivers.

Large rivers are not expected to rise above flood stage, but smaller creeks and streams may see flooding as early as Friday.

The rainfall may also saturate steep and sparsely vegetated slopes, causing local mudslides and debris flows.

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