Take a look at the rain we’ve seen since it started Monday morning, generally between 1.50 and 3.00″ in the lower elevations in NW Oregon and SW Washington:
That’s plenty wet for mid-winter, but that’s REALLY wet for mid-March. Of course we are seeing the accompanying mudslides and water ponding in many areas. Some minor river flooding is likely the next 2 days but now that rain has cutoff that will help things quite a bit. The Columbia River in the metro area is forecast to come right up to around flood stage Thursday through Saturday.
For most of the past 3 days we’ve seen a cold front offshore and warm southwesterly flow over us. Since we’ve been on the warm side of the jet the surface temps have soared in spots without the rain. Check out high temperatures in Eastern Oregon Tuesday…the first 70s of spring over there:
That must have felt real nice after the long and cold winter!
Tomorrow we get a dry day, then another wet system drags through the region the 2nd half of Friday and 1st half of Saturday. But I see another good taste of spring weather Sunday through Tuesday. Abundant sunshine and (Monday/Tuesday) mild offshore wind flow means temperatures likely range from the upper 50s to mid 60s. Our 62 forecast for Monday could easily be 65 degrees if everything works out right.
THE BIG PICTURE: We have at least 3 dry days on the way in the next week and the rain showers next Tuesday/Wednesday look relatively light…the weather is looking drier as we head into the 3rd week of March.
Enjoy your dry Thursday!
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen