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Rain, Gusty Winds in Store for Northwest

Folks in the Pacific Northwest might want to get their umbrellas ready as a new system looks to drench the region before week's end.

Rain from this system will begin to move in Wednesday night across Washington, spreading across the rest of the region by Thursday.

The heaviest rain will fall along and west of the I-5 corridor, including Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Ore., Thursday afternoon and into Thursday evening,

Rainfall totals west of the Cascades will range from 1 to 2 inches through Friday with some spots picking up as much as 4 locally. This could lead to flash flooding, particularly in low-lying and poor drainage areas.

Not only will this system bring torrential downpours, but also gusty winds that can occasionally gust up to 30 mph.

These winds won't be as strong as they were a few days ago when a more powerful storm system rolled through, leaving as many as 145,000 electric customers without power.

Some stronger gusts may still lead to minor wind damages and more localized power outages.

While most people will receive rain from this system, spots in the northern Rockies will get a bit of snow, mainly Thursday night into Friday.

By Friday, the system will track across the northern Plains, leaving behind only a few showers along the coast and a few flakes in the mountains.

This pattern of quick-moving system appears as though it will continue all the way into mid-November before shifting, favoring large, slow-moving storms.