Heavy Rain and Strong Winds Tuesday

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Melissa-Frey-500x500-250x250 Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:

The rain has picked back up on this Tuesday morning and will increase through the afternoon. A storm will move through western Oregon today delivering another round of high winds across the state and heavy snow above 4,500’.

The Valley can expect winds from the south of 20-35 mph and gusts to 45 mph Tuesday, while the Coast will see stronger winds of 30-40 mph and gusts to 65 mph (winds on the beaches and headlands will be about 5-10 mph stronger). Valley locations will see 0.50-1.00” of rain Tuesday while the Coast will likely see over an inch.

This storm will also bring in heavy snow to the Cascades which are under a Winter Weather Advisory. 4-8” of snow will fall today with an additional 5-10” tonight and 3-6” Wednesday.

We’ll be in between storms Wednesday, but showers will likely continue, falling as snow above 2,500 feet.

The final storm of this week arrives Thursday, bringing in another round of rain and mountain snow. Highs will fall to the upper 40s in the Valley and low 50s for the Coast.

By Friday a ridge of high pressure should block any other major storms from moving in, keeping us dry and at least partly sunny through the weekend.

The break from the rain Sunday allowed most rivers to recede before these coming storms. The Coquille River is still in “minor flood” stage at Coquille, but should drop below by Friday at the latest. The Willamette River at Harrisburg and Corvallis are still in “Action Stage” which is one step below minor flooding. Most rivers should fair okay this week, but for the latest river levels in Oregon click here.

Have a great Day!

~Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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