'The strongest winds will be in the central and south valley': Rain, wind overnight

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    EUGENE, Ore. - Strong winds and intense rain remain in the forecast for the southern Willamette Valley.

    "A narrow ribbon of intense rain lasting 30-90 minutes may develop Tuesday morning & push southeastward across the area," forecasters cautioned Monday night. "Allow extra time for your Tuesday morning commute in case intersections & roads are flooded in urban areas."

    Forecasters predicted the rain would hit the Eugene area between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday.

    "A fairly strong Atmospheric River remains on track to bring a long period of moderate rainfall with embedded periods of heavy rainfall," forecasters said Monday. "The biggest question with this heavy rain will be when and how quickly a front moves through from northwest to southeast tonight/Tuesday morning. Right now it look like the front will hang up near the Oregon/Washington border, thus creating the heavy rain needed for urban flooding. However, if the front moves through more cleanly/quickly or hangs up further north or south, the impacts will be different."

    Forecasts still call for intense winds.

    "It continues to look like the strongest winds will be in the central and south valley areas, but also on exposed higher hills. Mixing isn`t nearly as good in the valley as at the coast, so expect wind speeds to be more limited, but still the highest seen so far this season," forecasters said. "Because there hasn`t been a significant wind storm yet for much of the valley, could see a few more trees down than we`d usually see with gusts to 50 mph."

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