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Another storm: Flooding possible in metro area, icy conditions expected in Gorge

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Flooding off Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway last week. Flooding off Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway last week.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Another storm is set to slam the region bringing the possibility for further flooding in the metro area and icy conditions in the Columbia River Gorge.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for northwest Oregon and southwest Washington, with heavy rain anticipated Wednesday night through Thursday night.

Creek flooding is possible as early as Thursday morning, with river flooding possible by the afternoon for faster-responding rivers, according to a National Weather Service report.

After last week's heavy rain, rivers are likely to rise sharply with additional sustained rainfall.

Total rainfall is expected to be 3 to 7 inches in the coast range and cascade foothills, with 1 to 3 inches in the Willamette Valley.

The National Weather Service listed the rivers of most concern as Lower Nehalem, Wilson, Siletz, Siuslaw, Tualatin, Marys, Luckiamute, Pudding and Johnson Creek, as well as Grays and Lower Cowlitz in southwest Washington.

The Willamette River is forecasted to remain below flood stage, but will be running high through early next week.

Landslides and debris flows are also possible in the region.

Freezing rain and icy conditions are expected overnight in central Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for the Gorge.

FOX 12 meteorologists said 8 to 12 inches of snow is possible, along with some freezing rain, in the central and eastern parts of the Gorge. In the western areas, heavy freezing rain and ice pellets are expected.

The Oregon Department of Transportation said drivers should anticipate hazardous conditions along the Interstate 84 corridor east of Hood River from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 10 p.m. Thursday.

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