(NEW YORK) — More than a foot of rain has fallen in the past week in parts of Washington state, flooding many rivers over Thanksgiving weekend and leaving some houses teetering above mudslides. In addition, strong gusty winds 50 to 70 mph left thousands without power in the Pacific Northwest on Sunday.
Houses above the Skagit River sat precariously on the edge this weekend as strong currents reportedly eroded more than a 100 feet of property in a day. Heavy rains pushed the river to its highest level since 2006 and triggered evacuations for the town of Hamilton, ABC Seattle affiliate KOMO-TV reported.
A series of Pacific storms are on the way to slam into Washington, Oregon and the northern California coast through this week. Ahead of all the storms, the National Weather Service issued wind and snow alerts for the West.
The National Weather Service is warning for gusty winds to continue Monday in the Southwest from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas, where winds could gust as high as 55 mph.
Also, a threat of mudslides continues around Seattle and western Washington due to all the rain that fell there over the last few weeks.
Monday morning, the first storm is hitting California with rain in the lower elevations and heavy mountain snow in the Sierra Nevada Range. Some areas could see up more than a foot of snow today.
The next storm system will move into the Pacific Northwest Monday Night into Tuesday and it could possibly produce another round of damaging winds and heavy rain.
Yet another storm is expected to impact the Pacific Northwest Wednesday night into Thursday morning with more wind and rain.
Locally more than 3 inches of rain is forecast for western Washington. In the mountains, more than a foot of snow is possible from Sierra Nevada to the Cascades and into the northern Rockies.
The holiday weekend ended on a hot note in the Southwest with several cities reaching record highs.
This ridge of high pressure that is producing the record November heat will move east and north into the plains Monday
Several cities could see record highs Monday, some of them could be: Denver, Omaha, Albuquerque, and even one of the most northern cities in the continental U.S., Bismarck North Dakota, could be in the 60s today and could even come close to a record high of 68 degrees.
The unusually late November warmth will continue to move east into the Ohio Valley, the Great Lakes and the Northeast. Temperatures from Chicago to Detroit and NYC are expected to be 10 to 15 degrees above normal this week.
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