Clock is ticking: Heavy weather headed to Oregon

High winds, heavy rain expected to buffet Oregon beginning late Wednesday

The atmospheric river in the Pacific Ocean headed toward Oregon, October 12, 2016 (KOIN)
The atmospheric river in the Pacific Ocean headed toward Oregon, October 12, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The clock is ticking. While weather remains quiet Wednesday, several potent storms are hurtling toward the coast. High clouds will thicken throughout the day, and temperatures top out in the mid-60s.

By late Wednesday night, the first raindrops arrive at the coast.

Thursday looks wet from start to finish, with the heaviest rain and wind holding off until late afternoon/evening.

The atmospheric flow for October 14, 2016 (KOIN)
The atmospheric flow for October 14, 2016 (KOIN)

COAST

A high wind watch goes into effect Thursday afternoon at the coast. It continues through Friday afternoon. Wind gusts of 65 to 75 mph are possible Thursday evening along the beaches.

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In addition, expect dangerous surf with swells as large as 30 feet. Rain totals will be impressive — 2 to 4 inches is possible at the coast and in the Coast Range Thursday.

WILLAMETTE VALLEY

While rain will be fairly constant throughout the day, it becomes downright heavy in the evening.

When the front passes, wind picks up and the rain will be pounding. Expect 1 to 2 inches of rain Thursday and gusts of 30 to 40 mph up and down I-5 Thursday evening.

The Big Blow of 1962

Friday starts breezy with on and off showers. Some of these showers will be intense. Expect passing downpours throughout the afternoon.

The biggest storm we’re watching, remnants of Typhoon Songda, arrives Saturday afternoon.

A NASA photo of Typhoon Songda in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean, October 12, 2016
A NASA photo of Typhoon Songda in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean, October 12, 2016

Expect heavy rain and strong wind Saturday afternoon and night. This storm has the potential to be one of the strongest wind storms we’ve seen in several years.

Active weather continues early next week. Another wet and windy system pushes onshore Tuesday.

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Sandbag locations (will be updated as more locations are added)

Clackamas County: Fire District 1, Station 4 – 6600 SE Lake Road, Milwaukie
Fire District 1, Station 14 — 28655 SE Hwy 212, Boring
Fire District 1, Station 18 – 32200 Judd Road off Hwy 21, Eagle Creek

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