— U.S. weather forecasters say they’re expecting a heavy downpour in the state Saturday night, with wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour.
The National Weather Service says the rain will cause flash flooding in portions of Oregon, the Cascade Mountains, northern Washington, the Columbia River Gorge, and the Willamette Valley.
A heavy downpouring is also possible in Oregon’s north and southwest, as well as parts of southern Washington, Oregon and the northern part of the state, the NWS says.
The National Weather Services said the rain could continue through Saturday.
The storm system is moving west at 25 mph (40 km/h), with gusts to 60 mph (100 km/hs).
The rain is expected to bring winds of 60 mph to 80 mph (120 km/hr), the NSPS said.
The weather system will continue to move northeast, with gusty winds possible over Oregon, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas, the Weather Service said.
It’s expected to drop rain totals up to 1 inch (2.6 centimeters) over the state by Monday.
The agency warned people in the Cascade and Willamett valleys to avoid driving or using motor vehicles until further notice.
Heavy downpours and flooding are expected throughout the day Sunday.