The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect today until tomorrow (12/3) at 4am. South winds 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 65 mph expected. Gusts up to 75 mph possible along most exposed terrain. Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel is expected to be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Strongest winds are expected during the afternoon on Sunday. Winds will be accompanied by heavy rain. There is also a flood watch watch in effect through Monday 12/3/22. Minor flooding, up to one foot above ground level, during high tides is expected in the low lying areas near bays, sloughs, and the lower reaches of the coastal rivers. A Coastal Flood Advisory means that tidal overflow flooding is expected. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising water, and take appropriate action to protect life and property.
Rain is expected this afternoon becoming heavy at times. There will be periods of heavy rain possible through the week as a series of strong storms moves through the Pacific Northwest. Precipitation totals for the coming week (Sunday through Friday) will be on the order of 5 to 8 inches for the Coast Range and Cascade foothills, 3 to 5 inches along the coast, and 2 to 4 inches for inland valleys. Snow levels will range from 2000 to 4000 feet Sunday through Wednesday and then may be a little higher later in the week.The combination of saturated soils, heavy rain, and some snowmelt will lead to sharp rises on several creeks and rivers. Faster-responding rivers will rise sharply Monday but are unlikely to reach flood stage with the first round of rain. However, additional rises are expected Tuesday and Wednesday, and most rivers will keep rising, with flooding possible through the week.