Flooding W. Washington rivers cresting



SEATTLE (AP) -- 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 soon be 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 remained in effect Wednesday for the Snohomish, Pilchuck, Snoqualmie, Puyallup, Cowlitz, Newaukum and Green rivers. Flood watches remained on a number of other rivers flowing off the Cascades.

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

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