North Kitsap Herald


Expect rain, and potential for flooding, this week

November 19, 2012 · Updated 4:48 PM

A minivan disperses water on 7th Avenue in Poulsbo Nov. 19 during heavy rainfall that caused flooding throughout Kitsap County. Shortly after the van passed through, 7th Avenue was closed to all traffic. / Kipp Robertson/ Herald

POULSBO – This Thanksgiving, turkey and all the fixin’s will come with a heaping side dish of rain.

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for 11 counties, including Kitsap, until 5:30 p.m. Monday as moderate to heavy rain continues across the western Washington lowlands.

Rain and temperatures in the 50s are forecast for Poulsbo this week through Thanksgiving weekend.

Due to the excessive rainy weather conditions, the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management has activated the county’s Severe Weather Shelter Plan. The shelter, located at Bremerton Food Line, 1600 12th St., will open at 6 p.m. Nov. 19. Hours of operation will be from 6 p.m. until 7 a.m. Guests will not be able to check into the shelter after 10 p.m.

The shelter will serve all citizens in our area who require safe overnight refuge where none is available. Further activations will be weather dependent. For more information about the process, call 211 or call Kitsap Community Resources at (360) 478-2301.

Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches is expected to produce minor flooding of urban areas and small streams into Monday evening, the National Weather Service reported. Roadways that are prone to ponding of water include underpasses and intersections where drainage is poor because of the buildup of leaves and other debris.

High-wind watches continue; strong south winds of 30 to 45 mph with gusts of 50 to 65 mph are expected in some parts of the Pacific Northwest. High winds and wind gusts can cause power outages and downed tree damage.

This storm will also bring snow accumulations of 12 to 23 inches to the northern Cascades through Monday as snow levels rise from 3,000 to 4,000 feet, the National Weather Service reported. Expect hazardous driving conditions with this storm at higher elevations as roads become icy and gusty winds and heavy snow lead to periods of blowing and drifting snow with reduced visibility.

At the lower elevations and near the coast, this system will bring significantly heavy rain to coast and valleys of the Pacific Northwest through Monday with several inches of rain likely by Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service reported. The Pacific Northwest coast, coastal mountain range, and Cascades will see the heaviest amounts of precipitation with locally higher amounts of over 10 inches possible in some locations by Tuesday.

Watch these sites for up-to-date weather conditions and forecasts:

– Skunk Bay Weather (Hansville)

– WeatherLink (reported from North Kitsap Fire and Rescue)

– Weather Underground (Poulsbo)


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