PORTLAND -- After a mostly dry weekend, a new round of weather systems brought heavy rain to the Portland Metro area Monday morning and another wallop hit in the late afternoon.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation has been watching the weather especially closely since last week when the area's long dry spell ended and began to put a strain on storm water systems. Cheryl Kuck, spokeswoman for PBOT, warned that it can also cause increased risks for drivers.
"Vehicle fluids on the pavement can create slippery conditions. So, be extra cautious, leave more space between you and the vehicle ahead of you and also be aware that there are leaves falling and leaves on wet pavement can create a slick surface," she said.
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Monday morning showers will turn back to steady rain around 2-4 p.m., as a strong cold front developing offshore arrives, according to KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard.
He predicted that the rain would be especially heavy during the Monday night commute, with another .65 - 1.00" possible. Wind gusts may reach 25 mph, Allard added.
Authorities said drivers should avoid the following areas, if possible, due to standing water risks:
SE Milwaukie at Holgate
- NE Halsey east of 57th Ave
- NE Marine Drive at Kelly Point Park
- NE Sandy Blvd east of 37th Ave
- SE 122nd at Division
- SW Market at Harbor Drive
- Southbound I-5 ramp at the Convention Center
- Southbound I-5 ramp at Harbor Drive
At the coast, gusty winds were expected overnight with an inch of rain likely by Monday morning. Another inch-plus was expected Monday afternoon, with possible 50 mph wind gusts.
The Portland Metro area’s remarkable run of dry weather came to an abrupt halt on Friday. Portland had 51-straight dry days before one summer day of light rain, and since then has had 30 consecutive dry days, for 81 out of 82 dry days.