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Flood watch issued for region’s rivers

Rain and melting mountain snow are prompting flood warnings. (Associated Press)
Rain and melting mountain snow are prompting flood warnings. (Associated Press)

WEATHER  -- A flood watch was issued by the National Weather Service today for the North Cascades, Okanogan region, Northeast Washington and North Idaho through Monday afternoon.

Mudslides were reported on Friday on state Highway 21 just south of Republic in Ferry County and state Highway 31 at Metaline in Pend Oreille County.

More rain on snow is on the way through early Monday with mountain areas getting higher precipitation amounts of 2 to 4 inches of rain overall.

The weather service said the Coeur d'Alene River at Cataldo should crest just below flood stage on Sunday.

The St. Joe River at St. Maries should reach its crest on Tuesday night at a foot below flood stage.

Localized flooding and landslides are possible with the storm.

In addition, North Idaho is under an avalanche warning through midnight.

Saturday should bring strong gusty winds of 40 to 50 mph out of the southwest, raising the possibility of power outages.




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