TODAY   |  November 19, 2012

Roker: Northwest storm to ‘feel like a hurricane’

Flood watches are in effect from Northern California to the Canadian border as a massive windstorm is expected to dump 5-12 inches of rain and up to eight inches of snow in the region. TODAY’s Al Roker reports.

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>>> closer to home, it's the start of the thanksgiving week are and it's not off to a very good start upstairs. al is upstairs with a look at weather

>> good morning, natalie. this is a big, big problem for travelers, from northern california all the way to the pacific northwest . we're talking about what's going to feel like in a sense our hurricane, but it is really a winter storm , a massive one coming in. heavy rain , strong winds and a lot of rain out of this system. you can see over the next 24 hours the rain just continues to stream in and not just 1 to 2 inches of rain. we're talking about double-digit amounts of rain, anywhere from 5 to 12 inches of rain. snowfall, about 8-plus inches in the cascades, the inner mountain regions and the bitter route as well. high wind warnings and flood watches and high wind watches stretching from northern california all the way into the pacific northwest , and it's going to continue right on into the