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      Flood Watch in effect for Blue Mountains

      FLOOD WATCH
      NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PENDLETON OR
      125 PM PDT FRI MAR 30 2012

      ...RAIN WILL BE INCREASING ACROSS THE REGION TONIGHT...

      .SMALL STREAM FLOODING IS POSSIBLE AS SEVERAL ROUNDS OF MODERATE
      TO HEAVY RAIN MOVE THROUGH THE REGION TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY.

      ORZ049-050-502-503-505-507-WAZ029-030-310430-
      /O.CON.KPDT.FA.A.0001.000000T0000Z-120401T1800Z/
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      GRANDE RONDE VALLEY-WALLOWA COUNTY-
      NORTHERN BLUE MOUNTAINS OF OREGON-
      SOUTHERN BLUE MOUNTAINS OF OREGON-JOHN DAY BASIN-
      FOOTHILLS OF THE NORTHERN BLUE MOUNTAINS OF OREGON-
      FOOTHILLS OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS OF WASHINGTON-
      NORTHWEST BLUE MOUNTAINS OF WASHINGTON-
      INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...COVE...ELGIN...LA GRANDE...UNION...
      ENTERPRISE...JOSEPH...WALLOWA...MEACHAM...TOLLGATE...LONG CREEK...
      UKIAH...DAYVILLE...JOHN DAY...MITCHELL...MONUMENT...SPRAY...
      PENDLETON...PILOT ROCK...DAYTON...WAITSBURG...WALLA WALLA...
      SKI BLUEWOOD RESORT
      125 PM PDT FRI MAR 30 2012

      ...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING...

      THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

      * PORTIONS OF OREGON AND SOUTHEAST WASHINGTON...INCLUDING THE
      FOLLOWING AREAS...IN OREGON...FOOTHILLS OF THE NORTHERN BLUE
      MOUNTAINS OF OREGON...GRANDE RONDE VALLEY...JOHN DAY BASIN...
      NORTHERN BLUE MOUNTAINS OF OREGON...SOUTHERN BLUE MOUNTAINS OF
      OREGON AND WALLOWA COUNTY. IN SOUTHEAST WASHINGTON...FOOTHILLS
      OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS OF WASHINGTON AND NORTHWEST BLUE
      MOUNTAINS OF WASHINGTON.

      * THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING

      * RAIN HAS INCREASED ACROSS THE BLUE MOUNTAINS AND WILL CONTINUE
      TO SPREAD EAST INTO WALLOWA COUNTY TONIGHT. THE RAIN MAY BE
      HEAVY AT TIMES WITH AMOUNTS OF UP TO 1 INCH EXPECTED BY SATURDAY
      EVENING.

      * SNOW LEVELS WILL BE INCREASING TO NEAR 7000 FEET BY SATURDAY
      MORNING AND THE RAIN WILL COMBINE WITH SNOW MELT TO CAUSE
      INCREASED RUNOFF. THIS WILL CAUSE RAPID RISES IN STREAMS AND
      CREEKS WITH SOME MINOR FLOODING POSSIBLE.

      * BANKFULL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED ON MANY RIVERS...BUT THE
      LARGER RIVERS INCLUDING THE WALLA WALLA...GRANDE RONDE...
      UMATILLA AND JOHN DAY ARE NOT EXPECTED TO REACH FLOOD STAGE.

      * THE SNOW LEVELS WILL BE LOWERING TO NEAR 4000 FEET BY SUNDAY
      MORNING...BUT IT WILL TAKE A LITTLE LONGER FOR THE RUNOFF TO
      TAPER BACK AND STREAM LEVELS TO DECREASE.

      PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

      A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON
      CURRENT FORECASTS.

      YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE
      FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE
      PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.
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      HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...UPDATED
      NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PENDLETON OR
      854 AM PDT FRI MAR 30 2012

      UPDATED TO EXPAND FLOOD AREA

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      EASTERN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE OF OREGON-NORTH CENTRAL OREGON-
      LOWER COLUMBIA BASIN OF OREGON-GRANDE RONDE VALLEY-WALLOWA COUNTY-
      NORTHERN BLUE MOUNTAINS OF OREGON-
      SOUTHERN BLUE MOUNTAINS OF OREGON-JOHN DAY BASIN-OCHOCO-
      JOHN DAY HIGHLANDS-
      FOOTHILLS OF THE NORTHERN BLUE MOUNTAINS OF OREGON-
      FOOTHILLS OF THE SOUTHERN BLUE MOUNTAINS OF OREGON-
      EAST SLOPES OF THE OREGON CASCADES-
      EASTERN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE OF WASHINGTON-KITTITAS VALLEY-
      YAKIMA VALLEY-LOWER COLUMBIA BASIN OF WASHINGTON-
      FOOTHILLS OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS OF WASHINGTON-
      NORTHWEST BLUE MOUNTAINS OF WASHINGTON-
      EAST SLOPES OF THE WASHINGTON CASCADES-SIMCOE HIGHLANDS-
      854 AM PDT FRI MAR 30 2012

      THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST OREGON
      AS WELL AS SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST WASHINGTON.

      .DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

      FLOODING
      EAST SLOPES OF THE WASHINGTON CASCADES, SIMCOE HIGHLANDS,
      EASTERN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE OF WASHINGTON, FOOTHILLS OF THE
      BLUE MOUNTAINS OF WASHINGTON, NORTHWEST BLUE MOUNTAINS OF
      WASHINGTON, EASTERN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE OF OREGON, NORTH
      CENTRAL OREGON, EAST SLOPES OF THE OREGON CASCADES, GRANDE
      RONDE VALLEY, WALLOWA COUNTY, FOOTHILLS OF THE NORTHERN BLUE
      MOUNTAINS OF OREGON, NORTHERN BLUE MOUNTAINS OF OREGON,
      SOUTHERN BLUE MOUNTAINS OF OREGON, JOHN DAY BASIN, OCHOCO-JOHN
      DAY HIGHLANDS

      STRONG WIND
      FOOTHILLS OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS OF WASHINGTON, NORTHWEST BLUE
      MOUNTAINS OF WASHINGTON, NORTH CENTRAL OREGON, GRANDE RONDE
      VALLEY, WALLOWA COUNTY, FOOTHILLS OF THE NORTHERN BLUE
      MOUNTAINS OF OREGON, NORTHERN BLUE MOUNTAINS OF OREGON,
      SOUTHERN BLUE MOUNTAINS OF OREGON, FOOTHILLS OF THE SOUTHERN
      BLUE MOUNTAINS OF OREGON, JOHN DAY BASIN

      ABUNDANT RAINFALL COMBINED WITH SIGNIFICANT SNOW MELT WILL RESULT IN
      RAPIDLY RISING RIVER AND STREAMS. THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING
      IN THE AREAS LISTED IN THE AREAS ABOVE. PLEASE REFER TO NWS HAZARD
      PRODUCT ID PDXFFAPDT AND PDXFLSPDT FOR MORE DETAILS.

      STRONG PRESSURE GRADIENTS THIS MORNING WILL RESULT IN VERY WINDY
      CONDITIONS. THE WIND IS EXPECTED TO DIMINISH LATER THIS MORNING. IN
      THE MEAN TIME A WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR THE ABOVE LISTED
      AREAS UNTIL 11 AM. PLEASE REFER TO NWS HAZARD PRODUCT PDXNPWPDT FOR
      MORE DETAILS.


      .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY

      FLOODING SATURDAY
      EAST SLOPES OF THE WASHINGTON CASCADES, SIMCOE HIGHLANDS,
      EASTERN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE OF WASHINGTON, FOOTHILLS OF THE
      BLUE MOUNTAINS OF WASHINGTON, NORTHWEST BLUE MOUNTAINS OF
      WASHINGTON, EASTERN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE OF OREGON, NORTH
      CENTRAL OREGON, EAST SLOPES OF THE OREGON CASCADES, GRANDE
      RONDE VALLEY, WALLOWA COUNTY, FOOTHILLS OF THE NORTHERN BLUE
      MOUNTAINS OF OREGON, NORTHERN BLUE MOUNTAINS OF OREGON,
      SOUTHERN BLUE MOUNTAINS OF OREGON, JOHN DAY BASIN, OCHOCO-JOHN
      DAY HIGHLANDS

      THE POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING WILL CONTINUE ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY IN
      THE ABOVE LISTED AREAS. PLEASE REFER TO NWS HAZARD PRODUCT ID
      PDXFFAPDT AND PDXFLSPDT FOR MORE DETAILS.

      OTHERWISE THE WEATHER PATTERN WILL REMAIN ACTIVE WITH FREQUENT
      PACIFIC WEATHER SYSTEMS MOVING ACROSS THE REGION THROUGHOUT THIS
      COMING NEXT WEEK.

      .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

      SPOTTER ACTIVATION MAY BE REQUIRED.

      WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT SIGNIFICANT WEATHER
      CONDITIONS ACCORDING TO STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES.

      GRAPHICAL FORECASTS OF WEATHER HAZARDS OUT TO SEVEN DAYS
      ARE DISPLAYED ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB AT:

      WWW.WRH.NOAA.GOV/PDT/CURRENTHAZARDS/HWO.HTML

      ALL LETTERS IN THE ABOVE URL ARE LOWER CASE.
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