Rain and wind will be the story moving forward from Friday night into Saturday. A disturbance sitting off the coast will be making it’s way in over the next few days. First will come a warm front that will pass through the area Friday night. This will keep temperatures mild and increase snow levels. Wind and rain will also increase overnight, and will persist throughout tomorrow. Expect the heaviest rain and strongest winds Saturday afternoon/evening. Winds will be mainly out of the Southwest. Sustained winds will range anywhere from 10-45 mph and gusts can get as high as 90 mph. A HIGH WIND WARNING will go into effect Saturday morning and last until 4 pm that afternoon. A HIGH WIND ADVISORY will start at the same time and last until 10 pm Saturday. Winds will make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Trees and power lines that were loosened by the large amounts of rainfall will also be susceptible to falling, due to high winds gusts. Rainfall will also be a large factor over the course of next week. Not only will we receive a large amount of rain tomorrow, but another set of systems will roll in next week. After the cold front passes tomorrow night, rain and winds will subside on Sunday and most of Monday. However, Monday night we will see another round of wind and rain enter the area. A FLOOD WATCH is in effect from Friday night until Saturday evening.
Into this weekend, small rivers, streams, and urban roadways will see the best chance for flooding. The Coquille River at Coquille and the south fork near Myrtle is expected to reach flood level after Saturdays rainfall. Into February 21st enough rain will have fallen to get the Lost Creek Reservoir up 23 feet and the Applegate Reservoir up 48 feet.
Once the cold front passes Saturday evening, a much colder air mass will enter the area. This will drop snow levels down anywhere from 2000′ to 3000′. The next system to have significant moisture will arrive Monday night. This will be the best chance for snow in the Cascades and Siskiyous.
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Meteorologist Megan Parry