Assuming the forecast models are even slightly correct, Portland will get dumped on this weekend with at least 2.00 inches of rain. The infrared satellite photo above, shows the in-coming Pacific storm as of Friday afternoon. The wettest of the weather and the highest winds are tracking to arrive Saturday afternoon.
As of Friday morning, PDX had 2.24 inches of September rainfall in the bucket. The all-time record for September is 4.30 inches back in 1986. It appears likely that the old record will fall! Here are the forecast headlines for the next two days:
Rain potential along the coast: 3-5 inches
Coast Range & Cascades: 5-8 inches
Portland & Salem: 2-3 inches.
Saturday southwest wind gusts may reach 60 mph or higher in exposed areas along the coast. Gusty winds at the beach to 45 mph will continue Sunday. Valley wind gusts 30-45 mph will be possible Saturday afternoon.
Cascade snow levels will be near 8,000 feet and higher through Sunday afternoon. Winds at 7,000 feet on Mt. Hood may gust to 65 mph and higher Saturday through Monday morning.
The weekend storm will likely produce high water spots and small stream flooding. Depending on wind speeds, spotty tree damage and power outages will be possible.
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