Rain, snow, possible flooding to accompany storm hitting Western Washington

A big storm is expected to move into Western Washington on Thursday (Nov. 12), bringing up to two inches of rain and as many as 10 inches of snow to the mountains.

Heavy rains will arrive in the afternoon and last through Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The lowlands are expected to receive 1 to 2 inches of rain. Forecasters said rivers throughout the state could flood.

The storm will include winds gusting from 17 to 24 mph, the Weather Service said.

High temperatures in Tacoma over the next few days are expected in the low 50s, though Friday could reach 60.

Although higher elevations in Mount Rainier National Park could get 8 to 10 inches of snow, lower areas such as Paradise will have rain through Saturday. The forecast shows snow late Saturday and Sunday.

The snow level dropped to 3,000 feet on Wednesday, according to a winter storm watch. Forecasters said it was the first significant snowfall of the year and warned of slippery roads.

“In summary, the meteorological stars are aligned for substantial snows in the mountains during the next week and cooler weather that will stay in place for a while,” University of Washington meteorologist Cliff Mass wrote on his blog.

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