Late afternoon and Saturday evening thunderstorms brought several severe warnings for areas of eastern Oregon, the west slope of Mt. Hood and southern Oregon. The strongest storms near the Portland metro produced 100s of lightning strikes over Salem and north through McMinnville. Radar indicated over an inch of rain may have fallen along the path, but the rain amounts may have been too high due to hail in the storms.
The heaviest rain here on the west side fell over the Coast Range near the Wilson River highway 6 summit between 5:00 and 7:00 pm when rain gauges collected 1.15 inches. KGW has received a report of difficult travel in the area due to the stormy weather. Please be advised, highway 6 travel may be difficult due to the heavy rainfall and possible gusty winds in the area.
The NWS did have a Severe Warning out for a storm moving near Welches over highway 26 at 5:00 pm. The storm produced near quarter size hail, heavy rain and lightning before weakening as it pushed north across the gorge.
My current forecast ends the storm threat for areas west of the Cascades early Sunday morning. Please keep in mind that summer thunderstorms are localized in the areas impacted. The thunderstorm forecast the last two days was verified with strong storms in the region both days. However, more people stayed dry than got wet.
Meteorologist Rod Hill