Salmon were captured on video swimming across a flooded road in Skokomish, Wash., Nov. 12. (Alissa Joy Ewing)

There’s a better joke here about a salmon crossing the road, but I can’t seem to put my finger on it.

Thousands of salmon are swimming up the Skokomish River in their annual spawning ritual, but this year they’re running into a bit of a problem: Flooding is pushing their river beyond its banks, which is leaving the fish confused and desperate.

The salmon know one thing, really, and that’s to swim upstream. In this case, “upstream” may not be where they need to go, as floodwater drains out to the river.

A strong cold front is pushing through the Pacific Northwest early this week, causing localized flooding, mainly around the Skokomish River in western Washington state.

Though the flooding is the worst of the salmon’s problems, the winds are what’s causing trouble for residents. Gusts of 60 to 65 mph are downing trees and power lines. Heavy rain is drenching the lowlands, and heavy snow is falling at higher elevations.