Rains prompt flood, landslide worries in Western Washington; snow expected in eastern state



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SEATTLE — Heavy rains have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for much of Western Washington, while a winter storm warning is in effect for the eastern part of the state.

Forecasters said as much as 4 inches of rain could fall over the Western Washington lowlands through Monday, prompting worries about potential floods as well as a moderate risk of landslides. Areas most susceptible to landslides include steep coastal bluffs and other steep hillsides.

In Eastern Washington, as much as 11 inches of snow was expected in the valleys before the weather service said it would change to rain Monday. Up to two feet of snow were expected in the northeastern Washington mountains and the Idaho panhandle.

Spokane declared a "stage one" snow event Sunday, urging people to park their cars on the even side of the street to make room for plows.

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