Flood watch in effect as heavy rains expected in area

The storm could bring up to two inches of rain through Tuesday afternoon

CLARK COUNTY — A strong storm system is taking aim at the Pacific Northwest, expected to bring high winds and drenching rain, and make a mess of your Tuesday morning commute.

This image, captured by a National Weather Service employee at the Oregon Coast, shows waves slamming into the lighthouse on Tillamook Rock. Photo courtesy National Weather Service
This image, captured by a National Weather Service employee at the Oregon Coast, shows waves slamming into the lighthouse on Tillamook Rock. Photo courtesy National Weather Service

“Looks like there could be anywhere from 1.5-2 inches through tomorrow afternoon,” says Jeremiah Pyle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland. “Up into some of the foothills in the eastern parts of the county it could be even higher, maybe two to four inches. Could be even higher than that.”

The North Oregon and Southern Washington coastlines are expected to get hit especially hard, with winds gusts up to 70 miles an hour, and up to six inches of rain. That could lead to flooding along some coastal rivers, as well as some streams in the Willamette Valley.

Radar imagery shows a wet and windy storm taking aim at the Pacific Northwest. Image courtesy National Weather Service
Radar imagery shows a wet and windy storm taking aim at the Pacific Northwest. Image courtesy National Weather Service

Pyle says this will be a warmer system, raising snow levels well above the ski lodges through tomorrow. Timberline has already announced that they will be closed on Tuesday due to the rain and high winds.

In the city, people are being urged to check storm drains to make sure they’re clear of debris. Power crews will also have extra people on standby to deal with outages due to downed trees.

One of the biggest impacts of this storm could be the Tuesday morning commute.

Visible satellite imagery shows a storm coming ashore in the Pacific Northwest. Image courtesy National Weather Service
Visible satellite imagery shows a storm coming ashore in the Pacific Northwest. Image courtesy National Weather Service

“It looks like the main frontal band of this system will be moving over the area sometime between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. tomorrow,” says Pyle, “so we’re kind of trying to give people a head up that we may be seeing some exceptionally heavy rain during that time.”

This system is expected to move through by late Wednesday morning, or early afternoon. Showers will continue, however, and another wet system is expected to move through by Thursday afternoon.

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Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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