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Dangerous conditions for Pacific Northwest through Wednesday


Flooding, mudslides, and snow measured in feet are just some of the dangerous conditions forecasted for the Pacific Northwest.

Key Highlights

Threats: Flooding, mudslides, heavy snow, avalanche danger, reduced visibility, rough surf, strong winds

States affected: WA, OR, ID, CA

When: January 11-13

A major storm is expected to bring heavy rain and snow to a large portion of the Pacific Northwest Monday night through early Wednesday.

Several inches of rainfall is expected across far western Washington and Oregon, which may lead to pockets of flooding and even mudslides.

In higher elevations, snow will be heavy at times with near-zero visibility. Travel may become extremely hazardous in some of the higher passes of the Cascades, which may result in significant delays. 

In addition to the heavy rain and snow, winds may gust between 50 and 70 mph along the coast and through higher elevations, which may result in some tree damage and power outages.

Rain and snow will begin to taper off late Wednesday as the storm moves farther inland and weakens.

  • Expect ground logistics disruption due to road closures and downed trees
  • Businesses with weather exposure: Life safety and asset protection should be top of mind
  • Structure stress and damage can occur due to heavy snow load
  • Business interruption due to extended power outages can be expected

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