Heavy Rain and Strong Winds This Weekend

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Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to hit western Oregon this weekend. A series of three storms will bring unusually heavy rain and damaging winds to the area. Flooding, power outages and debris flows are all a possibility Saturday night through Sunday night.

This morning started out chilly with lows down into the low 40s across western Oregon. These sunny skies and dry conditions won’t last for long. The first of three storms headed for western Oregon is already pushing into northwestern Oregon this morning. This cold front will cause increasing clouds through the morning and showers by lunch time, which will stick with us through this evening. Highs will stay in the low to mid 60s.

A second, larger storm moves in Saturday. This storm is accompanied by a strong jet stream, and is tapping into tropical moisture from a dying typhoon in the western Pacific. Showers will continue off and on Saturday morning, followed by heavier rain Saturday afternoon, evening and overnight. We’ll also see strong winds with this storm Saturday night. The coast can expect winds in excess of 60 mph, the valley in excess of 35 mph.

There will be no separation between this storm and a third that will hit on Sunday. Heavy rain will continue along with the strong winds through Sunday night. This would be the biggest rain maker western Oregon has seen this year.

By Monday morning, 72 hour rainfall totals are expected as follows:

Valley: 2.5″-3.5″.
Coast: Over 4″
Coast Range and Cascades over 7″.

High temperatures through the weekend will stay in the mid to upper 60s. Lows will stay in the low to mid 50s.

Showers will also continue off and on Monday through Wednesday.

Today is the day to prepare for this series of storms expected to hit this weekend. Welcome to fall!

~Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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