The first big storm of the season is making its way through western Oregon. Hurricane force winds and heavy rain will be seen across the state through late Monday night. High wind warnings and advisories, along with flood watches and warnings are in effect.
The responsible party: a cold front and parent low. The front was just off shore as of 8 a.m. Monday. The center of the storm (the parent low) is up north near Vancouver Island. We won’t see that until late Tuesday. Ahead of the cold front is the period of strongest winds. Here’s a breakdown by area:
-COAST: High Wind Warning through 8 p.m. (10 p.m. for south coast)for south winds of 35 – 50 mph and gusts to 70 mph. The beaches and headlands will see stronger winds of 50 – 70 mph and gusts of 90+mph.
-VALLEY: High Wind Advisory through 6 p.m. for south winds of 20 – 30 mph and gusts to 55 mph.
-CASCADES AND CENTRAL OREGON: High Wind Warning through 11 p.m. for south winds of 40 to 50 mph and gusts to 65 mph.
When the front passes overhead between 4 p.m. and midnight, this is when we’ll see the heaviest rain. Western Oregon will see between 2 and 4 inches of rain over the next 24 hours.
The winds will die down Monday night, but the rain will continue through Wednesday as the area of low pressure moves east.By Thanksgiving Day we look to get a break between storms, leaving us with just isolated showers with sun breaks.
-Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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