Our region can expect wild weather, high winds and possible flooding well into next week, the Weather Service announced Thursday.
The agency issued a high wind warning for the Oregon and Southwest Washington coasts for the period from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
Gusts could hit 60 mph for exposed beaches and headlands. Forecasters say sustained winds will range from 30 to 40 mph.
The strongest winds are expected in the late morning and early afternoon.
A high wind warning means strong and damaging winds are imminent or highly likely in the warning area.
“Damaging winds may blow down trees and power lines. Power outages are possible. Travel will be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles,” according to the Weather Service warning.
Forecasters also say an “atmospheric river” will usher abundant rain into the Pacific Northwest starting Friday.
For Southwest Washington, the hardest rains are expected Monday and Tuesday.
“A weather system early next week is expected to bring heavy rain to the Pacific Northwest. While the details are uncertain, there is potential for 2 to 5 inches of rain in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington Monday night and Tuesday, with heaviest amounts in the Willapa Hills, the North Oregon Coast Range, and the west slopes of the Cascades,” according to a Weather Service statement.
It continues: “Sharp rises are likely on rivers draining these areas, and minor flooding is possible Tuesday and Wednesday. The timing and location of heavy rain for this storm remains uncertain. If conditions warrant, watches or warnings for specific areas or rivers will be issued.”
Rain is expected to continue through next week.