A flood watch is now in place for Josephine, Curry, Western Siskiyou Counties & also the Cascades. This goes into effect at 4pm and will remain in effect through Friday afternoon. We’ll have more on this on Newswatch 12 tonight at 5 6, & 6:30.
Today marks the beginning of a very active and wet weather pattern for the area. The precipitation has begun and all of it is forming in the form of rain with snow levels very high. They will remain high today and only rain is expected for all areas, even at Crater Lake.
Winds are gusting between 30 & 40mph at the Coast and also in the Klamath Basin. A high wind warning still remains in place for the Klamath Basin & a wind advisory for the Shasta Valley. A flood watch will go into effect tonight for the Coquille River at Coquille & in Mrytle Point. It is believed that the flood stage may be reached as early as tomorrow morning for both of these locations.
Winds will gradually die down through this afternoon and rain will turn more to showers tonight. Thursday at this point looks mostly dry but with plenty of clouds. A few spotty showers will certainly develop but the next round of widespread rain will move in Thursday night. This front will increase the winds all over again and we will likely see more warnings go into effect.
Urban and small stream flooding will become a problem towards the end of the week & into the weekend ..mainly at the Coast. Because river levels are so low, most of the attention will be for coastal rivers (where much more rain is expected to fall) …such as the Coquille & the Chetco. The burn spots from the wildfires over the summer will be watched closely also and will be susceptible to mudslides.
Another front will follow Saturday and this will have cooler air with it. Rain is expected to change over to snow for the higher elevations late Friday night and into the weekend.
Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese