Willapa Hills Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

Areal Flood Watch
Issued: 10:03 AM PST Jan. 17, 2017 – National Weather Service

... Flood Watch remains in effect through late Wednesday night for
parts of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington...

The Flood Watch continues for

* portions of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington...
including the following areas... in northwest Oregon... Coast
Range of northwest Oregon... greater Portland Metro area...
lower Columbia and north Oregon coast. In southwest
Washington... Greater Vancouver area... I-5 corridor in Cowlitz
County... South Washington Cascade foothills... South Washington
coast and Willapa Hills.

* Through late Wednesday night

* with dramatically rising snow levels Tuesday and the onset of
heavy rain Tuesday night... expect moderate to sharp rises on
rivers and creeks draining the Coast Range... Willapa Hills...
and South Washington Cascades. At this point... any river
flooding that occurs is expected to have minor impacts. The
heavy rain will likely cause urban flooding in the Portland/
Vancouver Metro area as the rain will help melt the existing
snow and ice. Blocked storm drains may also contribute to
ponding of water on streets.

* Rainfall amounts through Thursday... 1 to 2 inches Portland/
Vancouver Metro area... 3 to 6 inches north Coast Range/Willapa
Hills... and 3 to 6 inches South Washington Cascades foothills.

* Rivers and creeks of greatest concern include Johnson Creek in
southeast Portland... the Nehalem in Clatsop and Tillamook
County... and the Grays in Wahkiakum County. However... all of
these are currently forecast to crest just below flood stage.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Landslides and debris flows are possible during this flood event.
People... structures and roads located below steep slopes... in
canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk
from rapidly moving landslides.

High Wind Warning
Issued: 3:48 PM PST Jan. 17, 2017 – National Weather Service

... High Wind Warning in effect until 10 am PST Wednesday for the
Willapa Hills...

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a High Wind
Warning... which is in effect from noon Tuesday to 10 am PST

* Winds: south to southwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts 50 to 60 mph.
Highest winds expected on the more exposed ridges.

* Timing: two bursts... with one period of stronger winds through
this evening... and the main burst of strong winds Wednesday

* Impacts: some power outages are possible. Tree damage is
highly likely... especially after a prolonged period of snow
loading and damage from recent freezing rain events. Drive
with extreme caution in the warning area and be prepared for
flying and downed debris on roadways.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected
or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts
of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

Small Craft for Rough Bar Advisory
Issued: 3:10 PM PST Jan. 17, 2017 – National Weather Service

... Small Craft Advisory for rough bar remains in effect until
4 PM PST Wednesday...

* in the Main Channel...

* general seas... 12 to 14 ft through tonight.

* First Ebb... around 815 PM this evening. Seas near 20 ft with

* Second Ebb... around 915 am Wednesday morning. Seas near 18 ft
with breakers.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Small Craft Advisory for rough bar means that wave conditions
are expected to be hazardous to small craft in or near Harbor


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