Wet holiday in the forecast


Expect a wet Thanksgiving and prepare for more flooding through the holiday.

Weather forecasters and emergency management officials expect rain showers all week, with the next larger storm system predicted to hit the area Thanksgiving night.

“November is historically one of the most active weather months,” said Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Deputy Director Chuck Wallace.

Winds are expected to pick up again Wednesday and Thursday.

“They are still looking at the models, but it could end up being another nasty holiday,” Wallace said.

Flood warnings continue to be in effect for the Chehalis and Satsop rivers.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Chehalis at Porter into late Thursday night, with minor flooding forecast. Low pasture lands and some roads are expected to flood and high tidal levels are being monitored for flooding in Aberdeen, the Weather Service said.

A flood warning also continued on the Satsop River, but the river actually crested at 35.3 feet at 11 p.m. Monday, the Weather Service said.

A 90 percent chance of rain is forecast for Wednesday, dropping to 80 percent for Wednesday night and then just 60 percent for Thanksgiving Day, the Weather Service said in its forecast for the Aberdeen-Hoquiam area.

By Thanksgiving night, however, the rain could be heavy at times, with the chance of precipitation back to 90 percent by Friday. Winds are expected to range between 10 and 21 mph.

Wallace said he’s been told to expect showers for the rest of the week.

“Probably late in the day on Thanksgiving or through that evening, we’ll have another substantial rain storm again, but that could change every day,” he said.

Grays Harbor County, he noted, continues to have a number of rural road closures, which are listed on the Emergency Management website along with the latest flood and weather information: http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/dem/Index.asp

Wallace said surf conditions have not been as bad as predicted at high tides during the storm. “We’ve been kind of lucky,” he said.