Heavy rain could bring flooding risk to parts of Oregon the next few days.

Oregon’s weather has turned from cold and icy to warm and wet, bringing the risk of minor flooding while limiting winter recreation during what’s normally the busiest time of its season.

An atmospheric river of warm rain is projected to bring heavy rain across northwest Oregon and spark the threat of flooding in urban areas and flood-prone creeks and rivers on Monday night and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.

No major flooding of Oregon’s largest rivers appears likely — at least at this point — although all waterways will rise sharply and could overflow banks. Rainfall totals could reach 3 to 5 inches in the mountains, along with 1.5 inches in the Willamette Valley. Flooding appears most likely in urban areas along with the Coast Range and Columbia Gorge, as heavy rain combines with melting snow.

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