Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:
The latest storm to hit western Oregon brought in high winds and heavy rain overnight.
Winds gusted between 50 and 70 mph along the coast, 91 mph at Mary’s Peak and between 20 and 40 mph in the valley. The high wind warnings have expired for the day, but we’ll continue to stay breezy through this afternoon.
Rain totals are climbing quickly. Most of the Willamette Valley has already picked up over three quarters of an inch by sunrise and we’ll continue to add to that all day. The heavy rain will transition to showers this afternoon as this cold front move east tonight. The snow level is up to 8,000 feet, so even most of the Cascades are seeing rain at this point. An Avalanche Warning is in effect for the northern Oregon Cascades.
We’ll see a break from the rain most of Thursday before the next storm hits Thursday night. This one will also be a soaker and wind maker. Rain will be heavy Friday and will continue Saturday. The valley will likely see another 1-2 inches of rainfall while the coast will see an additional 2-3” of rain. The snow level will drop to 4,500 feet by Friday night and down to 2,500 feet by Sunday morning. Winds will also be breezy with this storm across western Oregon.
Sunday we’ll see break from the rain before the next storms get here on Monday and Tuesday. Both of these will be big rain makers as well.
Flooding will continue to be a concern across western and central Oregon. The only river expected to exceed its banks right now is the Coquille River at Coquille and Myrtle Point. The town of Coquille could experience minor flooding by Thursday morning and moderate flooding by Sunday morning. Myrtle Point will see similar conditions.
Highs will hold in the 50s all week and will only drop to the low to mid 40s overnight.
Have a great day and stay dry!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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