Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Rain, then rain, then more rain!

Well, we saw snow yesterday, briefly, which was fine for first responders, the road crews, and travelers. There is still some ice reported at the higher passes of Hwy 6 and 26 with near freezing temperatures spilling over from the valley. As for us, windy is the word this morning. The NWS Portland extended the High Wind Warning until 10am this morning, winds are currently running from the south 10-15 gusting to 20 with occasional gusts as high as 40 in some areas, with higher gusts to 50 at the beaches. So, the satellite and radar shows more rain, with occasional periods of moderate rain, moving into the area, with another system poised to affect tomorrow’s weather, and another Friday with more expected for the weekend and the beginning of next week. The extended forecast models are suggesting a return to cooler, but dryer, weather towards the middle of next week, we will see if this holds. For now, cloudy and rainy is the forecast with systems moving across the area every 12-24 hours - through the beginning of next week. Mild temperatures expected, highs in the low 50s, lows in the mid 40s.

The rivers are relatively low right now but their forecasts show a surge up to a couple feet below Action Stage Thursday into Friday. They are expected to surge with each system but fall between systems enough to handle the increased flows. I will continue to monitor this issue over the next few days.

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