LONG BEACH — Heavy rain has been forecast for all of Western Washington for the next couple of days, the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency said Thursday.

Rain will increase across much of Southwest Washington Thursday, becoming heavy late in the day Thursday and into Friday. Expected rainfall totals for the coast, Coast Range and Willapa Hills through Friday are forecast to be 3 to 6 inches.

The Willapa and Naselle Rivers are not expected to reach flood stage. However, it should be noted that we are moving into a period of “king tides.” There is an 8.5 tide Friday morning and am 8.9 tide Saturday Morning. Tides will sometimes be above 9 on Jan. 2, 3 and 4, but the rainstorm is supposed to have ended before then.

King tides sometimes result in minor coastal flooding in low-lying areas of Pacific County.

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