Rainy forecast has much of the Wenatchee Valley under flood watch

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That rain we’re getting could lead to flooding and slide problems, especially if it keeps up like it’s predicted to do.

Currently, there is a flood watch in effect this afternoon through tonight in much of North Central Washington.

Because of heavy rains in many areas, the National Weather Service has issued the watch for the Okanogan highlands and valley, the Waterville Plateau and the Wenatchee area.

The rain is not likely to let up, so the flood watch is likely to extend into the weekend.

Sustained rain raises the risk of rapid rises for creeks and streams. In addition, mud or rockslide dangers increase, the Weather Service said. The danger gets even greater in areas that have been burned in wildfires.

The chance of rain in the Wenatchee Valley is 70 percent today, rising to 90 percent tonight. And it won’t be letting up Friday. The Weather Service says there is an 80 percent chance of rain for Friday, with up to three-quarters of an inch of rain by the end of the day.

On Saturday, the rain is likely to let up but by Sunday it is expected to be back.