Rain and snowmelt may cause localized flooding issues this week.

A change in the weather pattern this week will bring above freezing 
temperatures to much of the region and the potential for significant 
rainfall to far eastern Washington. With widespread low elevation snow 
across the Palouse, there is the possibility for small stream and urban 
flooding with this weather pattern.

Temperatures are expected be above freezing from Tuesday through 
Thursday. The system is also expected to bring about three inches
of rain to the Palouse region. 

The potential impacts from the snowmelt and rainfall runoff
include ponding of water where storm drains or ditches are
clogged with snow and ice, ponding of water in low lying areas
with poor drainage or frozen ground, and possible ice jams on
small creeks that have frozen over.

While no major river flooding is forecast at this time, this is
an evolving forecast and should be monitored regularly for

If possible, clear gutters and drains. Do not drive through
standing water on roads or in parking lots. 

For more information, see the National Weather Service 
at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/otx/