Strong Winds, Heavy Rain Coming

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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:  

Winds are on the increase and steady rain will be moving through Oregon for the next few days adding another couple of inches of rain which, with the melting snow and ice, will create ponding on the roads and some potential for localized flooding. Overnight tonight, the first wave of wind and rain will be moving through ensuring a messy and fairly breezy morning commute to work and school.

Most of the heavy rain will be in the overnight hours with winds increasing as well ahead of the cold front which will swing through Wednesday morning. Along the coast, winds could crank up to 30-40mph with 55 mph gusts. Inland, the strongest winds will be pre dawn with southerly winds topping out between 20-30mph with gusts near 40. With the melted snow and loosened ground, it won’t take much of a wind gust to bring down additional tree limbs making more of a mess of the roads.

Winds will relax by the afternoon, however, showers will continue through most of the daylight hours with some sun breaks. Thursday starts dry but another storm blasts in with more rain and wind Thursday night into Friday. Another storm will hit on Saturday. In all, an additional 2-4″ of rain is likely areawide. With the 8-14″ of snow that melted, that much more rain may cause smaller streams to get close to flood banks. It’s a trend we’ll be watching closely over the next few days.

The good news is no one will have to deal with ice or freezing temperatures as highs will sit in the low 50s and overnight lows in the mid 40s. In fact, mountian passes will also mainly see rain or a rain/snow slush with snow lines holding above 5000 feet most of the week.

Have a great Tuesday night!

– Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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