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Originally published February 22, 2012 at 5:18 AM | Page modified February 22, 2012 at 6:02 AM

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Flooding W. Washington rivers cresting

Three to 7 inches of rain in the Cascades and melting snow overflowed some Western Washington rivers, but the National Weather Service says they'll be cresting Wednesday and returning to their banks.

The Associated Press

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SEATTLE —

Three to 7 inches of rain in the Cascades and melting snow overflowed some Western Washington rivers, but the National Weather Service says they'll be cresting Wednesday and returning to their banks.

Forecasters say a cold front moving into the state will drop the freezing level from as high as 6,000 feet to around 2,500 feet, holding precipitation in the mountains as snow.

A flood warning remains in effect Wednesday morning for the Stillaguamish, Skykomish, Pilchuck, Tolt, Snoqualmie and Puyallup rivers. Flood watches remain and other rivers flowing off the Cascades.

The cold will bring a chance of lowland snow showers over the weekend in Western Washington.

In Eastern Washington, gusty winds are forecast Wednesday as the cold front moves through, bringing a chance of snow Friday night.

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