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Areas of the Pacific Northwest in for a wet, windy start to the new year

Floodwaters covered Highway 18 near Otis, Ore., on Nov. 12, 2021
Lincoln County Sheriff
Floodwaters covered Highway 18 near Otis, Ore., on Nov. 12, 2021

The National Weather Service is forecasting wet and windy conditions as a strong westerly flow over the Pacific is expected to arrive Sunday, followed by others through the first week of the new year.

A coastal flood advisory will be in effect for the North Oregon Coast and the Central Oregon Coast Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Minor flooding, up to one foot above ground level, during high tides is expected in the low lying areas near bays, sloughs, and the lower reaches of the coastal rivers.

There is a High Wind Watch from late Sunday morning through late Sunday night for coastal communities including the cities of Cannon Beach, Netarts, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Newport, Cape Foulweather, Yachats, and Florence. South winds of 40 to 50 mph with gusts up to 75 mph possible near beaches and headlands is possible. Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines. Power outages are possible and travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

A series of fronts is likely to bring periods of moderate to heavy precipitation totaling two to six inches of water to southwestern Oregon Monday through Wednesday. Forecasters say much of this precipitation is likely to fall as rain, especially Tuesday into Wednesday. The combination of the expected rainfall along with lower to mid-elevation snow melt will bring the possibility of flooding to the area.

There is flood potential for area streams, creeks, and rivers in Coos, Curry, Douglas, and Josephine Counties beginning Monday and lasting throughout the rest of the week.

The NWS says Deer Creek near Roseburg could reach flood stage later Monday into Tuesday and the Coquille River at Coquille could reach flood stage as early as Wednesday morning. Other rivers across the area are likely to rise significantly during that time period and forecasters say it is within the realm of possibility that they could near or exceed flood stage.

Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.