NWS: Yakima River, Naches River water levels rising through weekend
YAKIMA, Wash. - The Yakima and Naches Rivers could possibly reach full bank water levels along Cowiche Creek and Wide Hollow Creek.
The Northwest River Forecast Center reported the rise in water levels is expected starting Friday through early next week, at least April 9, due to rain on Saturday and warmer temperatures causing snow to melt.
Smaller streams could also experience stronger flows due to these changes in weather.
The National Weather Service (NWS) of Pendleton said as of Thursday the rivers are not expected to flood, but instead anticipate minor flooding along small streams and ditches.
Rock or mud slides may occur in steep terrain due to soggy conditions and unpaved roads may become muddy, NWS officials caution.
City of Yakima leaders said Public Works crews will be monitoring Cowiche Creek and Wide Hollow Creek throughout the weekend.
People living near rivers and streams are asked to check the latest weather forecasts.
Current weather information can be found at the NWS website.