Strong storm system brings heavy rain, wind, and flooding to Washington Monday

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(National Weather Service – Seattle)

Monday will bring a strong storm system to Western Washington that will continue into Tuesday. Expect rain, potential flooding, and very strong winds.

KIRO 7 meteorologist Nick Allard warns that the rain will increase as the Monday morning commute progresses. He notes that 8-10 inches of rain could fall on the Olympics and North Cascades. Cascades from late Monday into Tuesday.

The Weather Service reports 4 to 7.5 inches. It's possible the Nooksack, Samish, and Stillaguamish rivers could reach flood stage late Monday night or Tuesday.

Heavy winds

A High Wind Warning is in effect from noon on Monday until 4 a.m. Tuesday for areas around Bellingham and the San Juan Islands. By 6 a.m., the National Weather Service was noting high winds around Whidbey Island.

It is expected to be breezy around the rest of Puget Sound. Wind is expected to increase over the afternoon and the strongest Monday evening.

NWS

Allard reports that high winds already began hitting the Washington coast and north on Monday morning. That wind is expected to pick up.

Admission to the coast, Admiralty Inlet, and North Interior until late Monday and early Tuesday. These areas can expect sustained winds with around 25-40 mph with gusts in the 50-60 mph range.

"This is the first big wind storm of the season for these areas," he said.

Freezing rain

The National Weather Service. On freezing rain weather advisory is in effect through noon on Monday above 2,500 feet.

Freezing rain could cause crashes and other traffic incidents on roads, especially bridges.

KIRO 7 contributed to this report.

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