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Get ready for more Major winter storm will impact entire region with heavy rain, snow, and high winds

The Coquille Valley Sentinel of Coquille, Oregon

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When it is all said and done, this snowstorm could end up being one of the regions biggest snowstorms on record.

The storm and its heavy snowfall have the potential to close passes in the Cascades, clog streets at sea level with tons of snow and slush and force flight delays and cancellations.

In the mountains, a yard or more of snow will fall in the high country. The combination of the excessive snow now and rising temperatures later in the week will increase the risk of avalanches.

Mother Nature's turn for the worse in the Northwest should come as no surprise as the stormy weather has been well-advertised.

As temperatures rise and rain falls near sea level later during the series of storms this week and beyond, urban and poor drainage area flooding can occur.

The storms will continue to push across the nation from the Pacific over the next couple of weeks. The pattern will bring rain and mountain snow to much of California before it is all said and done.

The same pattern will also treat some northern tier states of the Rockies, Plains, Midwest and Northeast with snow and ice events in the days ahead.

Snowfall into Wednesday will rival two storms in November 1985 and others that occurred in the 1970s and 1960s.

While this storm will fall short of the blockbuster storms of 1880, 1916, 1969 and 1950, over a foot of snow could accumulate in part of the Seattle-Tacoma area.

Unlike most storms over the Midwest and East, which drop their load of snow in a matter of hours, storms in the Northwest often last days. In many cases, the biggest snowfalls in Seattle and the Cascades are a series of storms all jammed together.

Being so close to such a large body of water and mean steering winds which drive all of that Pacific Ocean moisture ashore in rapid-fire fashion has a lot to do with the nature of the storms in the Northwest.

Original Publication Date: January 18, 2012

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