Thursday, January 13, 2011

Rivers still on the rise.

The snow level is up around 6000’ this morning and with the 1-3” of rain we got yesterday, the rivers are showing a significant flow increase. This morning the Wilson River is at 10.19, Action Stage is 10.5 and Flood Stage is 12’. It is currently forecasted to crest later this morning at 11.01. The only other river of concern is the Foss River in Nehalem, it is at 11.47 and Action Stage is 12.0, Flood Stage is 14’. It is forecasted to crest later this morning at 12.8’. This means I will be keeping both eyes on them this morning. With the decrease in rain rates this morning, maybe they will crest soon but I see another area of disturbed weather moving towards the area that would bring more rain around 10am. There are no watches or warning issued for any of our rivers at this time. It might be of interest that the Gray’s River in Washington near Rosburg is above flood stage and climbing

So the active weather pattern will continue into the weekend and into the start of next week with the next moist system arriving around late Saturday or early Sunday. With the river still relatively high, this will be another period to watch with the tides will still running higher than usual also.

It now appears we might get a break by the middle of next with high pressure building over the area to help dry us out. The only down side is that we would also be in a cooler airmass.

A quick check of the ODOT Tripcheck Website shows the only area of concern is Hwy 101 just south of Seaside. The webcam shows water has spilled out of the creek and onto the highway in that area and the highway is closed to low profile vehicles, otherwise, the road is open with speed restrictions for now.

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