PORTLAND – The torrents of the past 48 hours will calm to afternoon showers late morning, said KGW meteorologist Nick Allard. The showers will continue into the afternoon with the chance of some thunderstorms.
The next front will be much cooler, bringing as much as a foot of snow to the Cascades by the end of Wednesday. Thanksgiving Day looks dry, Allard said.
Heavy rain and winds brought Northwest rivers to near flood stage overnight Monday, with the flooded Wilson River shutting down U.S. 101 and Oregon 6 near Tillamook for a time Tuesday morning. All lanes of 101 reopened in Seaside to vehicles with high clearance.
The dangerous combination of heavy wind and the saturated ground brought down several trees. In Beaverton, a tree crushed the car of a teacher on her way to work but she escaped unharmed.
On the Oregon coast, high water closed U.S. 101 in several areas, including Seaside, to car traffic. Trucks with high clearance were allowed to go through slowly. A semi-truck rollover closed the Astoria-Megler Bridge through Monday night.
Traffic was also halted north of Gearhart while power lines on trees were repaired.
Trees were down along the Coast Range highway, where up to seven inches of rain could fall by Tuesday morning. A hunter was killed when a tree fell on his tent near Nehalem.
The Central School District in Marion County had a two-hour delay Tuesday. The Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences was closed Tuesday due to a power outage.
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Many area streams and rivers will be near flood stage by Monday night.
In the mountains, Cascade snow levels were expected to be about 4,500 feet Tuesday, dropping to 3,000 feet Wednesday and accumulation of up to a foot.
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High winds gusting to 60 mph will also be possible across much of central and eastern Oregon.