Northwest Thaws Out While New Pacific Storm is on the Doorstep Bringing Rain, Gusty Wind

Pacific Storm: The Columbia River Gorge continues to be the only truly hazardous location in Oregon and Southwest Washington, but the focus of attention on the weather has shifted to a very powerful winter storm that is developing in the Pacific Ocean. It is anticipated that the front will enter the region somewhere between late Monday night and early Tuesday morning. The impending storm is expected to bring significant amounts of rain and wind, according to forecasters.

Northwest Thaws Out While New Pacific Storm is on the Doorstep Bringing Rain

Rainfall totals of two to three inches are expected to be recorded in the Willamette Valley, with totals of three to four inches expected around the coast. It’s possible that areas of the Cascade foothills with higher altitudes will get higher quantities as well. Forecasters from the National Weather Service have stated that they anticipate streams and rivers to experience some level of increase but will not reach the flood threshold.

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In addition to the rain, the wind will be a problem, particularly in coastal areas. There is currently a High Wind Watch in effect for the Oregon Coastline and the coast range. Winds will be blowing from the southwest at 25 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts reaching between 55 and 65 miles per hour. Winds from the south at 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts reaching 45 to 50 miles per hour in the Portland metro region and Willamette Valley.

An interesting fact that occurred on Christmas Day was that Eugene established a new record for the highest temperature ever recorded on Christmas Day, with the thermometer reaching 63 degrees. The previous record for the highest temperature ever recorded in Eugene was set in 1916 when it was 62 degrees.

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