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Water-Logged Northwest in Line for More Big Rains to Start Week

27 Oct 2014, 10:31 am

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The rain simply will not go away in the soggy Northwest and more rain is just around the corner to start your workweek.

After a series of rain events saturated the I-5 corridor last week, the remnants of Hurricane Ana are moving quickly toward the Northwest. The former tropical low is likely to produce another round of heavy rain and strong winds for the region on Tuesday and Wednesday. Moisture directly associated with now-Post Tropical Cyclone Ana will push inland starting late Monday night and into Tuesday morning. Additional rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are possible on the coasts Washington and Oregon.

For Portland, Oregon, this could mean localized street flooding after more than two-and-a-half inches of rain soaked the Rose City in the lat seven days alone.

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A busy week of weather, in the Northwest, means the ground in most of western Washington and Oregon is already saturated. And additional rainfall could lead to localized flooding. Higher elevations near Seattle could be at risk for mudslides, and the highest elevations (likely well above pass level) will see considerable snowfall — including Mt. Rainier. That mountain saw several inches of snow on Sunday:

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Wind will be another concern with this next storm system. At one point on Saturday night, more than 100,000 customers — in Washington and Oregon — were in the dark due to strong winds. Mary’s Peak, Oregon recorded a wind gust of 91-mph, while several other hurricane-force gusts were recorded along the Washington and Oregon coasts on Saturday. Similar winds could impact the region once again Tuesday into Wednesday. Residents along the Oregon and Washington coasts should prepare for the possibility of losing power during this storm.

On Sunday night, Puget Sound Energy reported that at least 39,000 customers were still without power in Washington.

Stay tuned to WeatherNation and weathernationtv.com for all the latest on this upcoming storm.

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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