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PORTLAND Flood warnings and watches were issued for a soggy Oregon as rains neared record levels Thursday.

The National Weather Service said flooding was possible through Saturday on some of the coastal rivers, tributaries of the Willamette River and the Willamette south of Salem. More:See all weather alerts

An areal flood watch remained in effect throughSaturday for the Portland Metro, Oregon Coast and Coast Range.

Warnings were issued for the Nehalem River inClatsop and Tillamook counties and the Wilson River near Tillamook.

KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard said to expect rain at times that could be heavy with winds and temperatures will be in the low to mid-50s.

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Avalanche warnings were also issued for the Cascades and for Mt. Hood onFriday.

By Saturday, Portland could see up to seven inches of rain, which would beat last year s totals and beat the fifth wettest March ever, according to forecasters.

On Friday night, another system will move in to bring rain through Saturday, Allard said.

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