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Warmer Oregon storm brings flooding, wind, slide threat


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The National Weather Service has something for almost everyone as Oregon’s eventful winter continues.

The agency’s northwest Oregon weather map Thursday morning was a multi-colored puzzle of warnings, watches and advisories.

Flooding and landslides are the main concerns as rain falls and temperatures warm. Flood warnings are in effect from the Willamette Valley to the coast and in big chunks of eastern and southern Oregon.

Highway 101 was closed just south of Seaside Thursday morning due to standing water nearly two feet deep in place. Heavy rain and rising tides combined to prompt a warning for travelers to avoid the area for a time; at midday, the road reopened, but only to trucks and higher-profile vehicles.

Multiple slides have been reported this week and more are expected.

The coast is also dealing with a high-wind warning and a wind advisory has been issued for sparsely populated southeast Oregon.

An avalanche warning has been issued in the Cascades and a freezing rain advisory is effect for the Gorge.

Track the latest road closures and conditions at KTVZ’s ODOT TripCheck page.


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