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"Atmospheric river" will pour over Pacific Northwest through Friday


There’s a potential for river flooding Thursday through Saturday along creeks and rivers in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington.

And, there’s a potential for debris flows near the Lionshead, Beachie Creek, and Riverside burn areas.

And, landslides are possible near steep terrain.

Periods of moderate to heavy rain will begin Wednesday night as a warm front moves in. This will continue through Friday, as an "atmospheric river" pushes into the region. Snow levels will be high during this rain event, generally above 9,000 feet.

The National Weather Service reports that total rain amounts Wednesday through Friday night may exceed 6 to 12 inches in the south Washington Cascades, north Oregon Cascades, north Coast Range, and Willapa Hills. 1 to 3 inches of rain is possible for the interior lowlands, and 2 to 5 inches along the coast. Rain amounts this high may be sufficient to cause flooding of creeks and rivers in Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon, especially creeks and rivers draining the north Coast Range and Cascades. At this time, the best chance for river flooding appears to be along the Grays River near Roseburg, the Wilson River near Tillamook, the Trask River near Tillamook, and the Nehalem River near Foss. Creeks and smaller rivers in the Willamette and coastal
tributaries may also be impacted.

Born and raised in Eugene, Anni started at KLCC in 2000 as a reporter and co-host of Northwest Passage. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Anni moved to New York City. She worked in education for several years before returning to her true love, journalism. Anni co-founded and co-hosted Dailysonic, a narrative-based news podcast. She interned at WNYC's On The Media, then becoming WNYC's assistant producer of Morning Edition.