PORTLAND A strong storm is pushing inland this evening. As of 5:30 pm, gusty winds at Newport near 60 mph and 60-80 mph above 3,000 feet in the Coast Range. The valley will likely see 30 mph gusts and higher by 7:00 tonight.
A flood watch is in effect from the coast to the Cascades. KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill urges drivers to be careful because streams and rivers will quickly rise. The coast may see up to five inches of rain and the valley may see three inches.
A high wind warning is also in effect for the coast with winds possibly reaching 70 mph. Higher elevations could even see 100 mph gusts Sunday night and Monday morning. These winds could knock down trees over the Coast Range.
The valley is expected to see 40-50 mph winds, so a wind watch has been posted Sunday through Monday. Hill says those winds may knock out power around the Portland metro area.
High winds gusting to 60 mph will also be possible across much of central and eastern Oregon.
If you are hoping for the rain to let up early next week, you might be out of luck. KGW Meteorologist Jim Donovan says that any drying we get will be short-lived because we re looking at a storm about every other day through the week.
Thanksgiving should bring a mix of sun and showers, but good news for shoppers because the first dry day of the week should be Black Friday.
Cascade snow levels will rise to near 7,000 feet by Monday morning and strong south wind gusts of around 60 mph will be possible through Monday at pass level.
The Mt. Hood ski resorts haven't yet determined whether their lifts will be opened by Thanksgiving, but a strong snow system should blanket the mountain by the middle of next week, meteorologists said.
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