Central Oregon should avoid the worst of a series of powerful storms building offshore, but is still likely to see sustained and sometimes heavy rain over the next week.
As much as a foot of rain is forecast to fall on parts of Northern California, but the storms will leave their mark from British Columbia to southern California, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Cramp.
Cramp said that through the weekend, the Central Oregon Cascades could see 3 to 6 inches of rain, with 1 to 3 inches falling in Bend and Redmond. A brief break in the weather could come on Monday, Cramp said, with storms resuming on Tuesday.
The amount of precipitation contained in each of the storm fronts that should be passing through every 24 to 36 hours through the middle of next week is not unusually large, Cramp said, though it’s somewhat rare to see so many storms back-to-back.
“I would call it more sustained,” he said. “The pattern is just going to support one front coming through after another for about a week.”
Freezing levels are expected to remain between 4,000 and 6,000 feet for the next week, Cramp said, making it likely that Mt. Bachelor and other recreational areas should experience snow instead of rain.
Wednesday night weather service forecasts for Mount Bachelor anticipated 12 to 22 inches of snow at the ski area through Friday night, with snow continuing through Tuesday evening.
The weather service does not expect flooding anywhere in Central Oregon, though river levels should rise steadily through early next week. Though Friday, a flood watch is in effect in portions of Curry, Josephine, Jackson and Douglas counties.
The Oregon Department of Transportation is advising motorists traveling through the affected areas to be prepared for minor flooding of roads in low-lying areas, and aware that roads beneath steep slopes may experience landslides.