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Timeline: Skies expected to clear Thursday as rain moves out of western Washington

There will be a brief break in the weather Thursday and Friday before another system moves into western Washington.

SEATTLE — The atmospheric river that brought more rain to the Puget Sound region this week has moved out of the area, leaving behind only a few showers Thursday morning.

Showers are expected to taper off Thursday morning, with skies clearing by the afternoon.

The heavy rain over the past few days has led to flooding in some low-lying areas and areas with poor drainage. Several roads in Whatcom County remain closed due to water over the roadway. Click here for a list of current road closures.

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Below is a timeline of what to expect through the weekend:


Showers are expected to end on Thursday morning. Skies are expected to gradually clear from the north by Thursday afternoon.

A Flood Warning is no longer in effect for the Skagit River near Mount Vernon. The Skagit River is expected to begin receding Thursday afternoon.

A Flood Warning for the Nooksack River at Ferndale was canceled early Thursday morning.

Cooler air is expected to move into the area Thursday, dropping temperatures into the afternoon.

The threat of landslides remains dangerous since soils have not had enough time to dry out and will remain unstable.

Friday onward

Friday is expected to be dry with some sunshine and cooler temperatures. Highs will drop back to the mid-40s, with snow levels dropping to around 3,000-4,000 feet. No snow accumulation is expected in the mountains Friday.

A fast-moving weather system is forecast to move into western Washington late Friday night and into early Saturday morning.

Rain amounts with this new system should be relatively light. Light snow accumulations are possible for the mountain passes, with snow levels dropping to around 1,500-2,500 feet. Highs will be in the mid-40s on Saturday.

Another stronger and wetter system moves in later Sunday into Monday for a wet and mild start to next week.

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