PORTLAND – Heavy rain and wind is expected in the Portland metro area over the next two days.
Forecasters say up to an inch of rain could fall in the valley on Wednesday into Thursday, with 5 to 6 inches falling in the mountains.
“We’re going to make a good run on getting caught up on what we’ve been short of all winter long,” said Clinton Portis of the National Weather Service.
The rain isn’t expected to fall all at once, with heavy rain breaking into scattered showers by mid-morning on Wednesday. Heavier rain and strong winds are expected to return Wednesday evening, as a cold front moves into the area. Wind gusts along the coast could get as high as 65 miles per hour.
The National Weather Service is warning that high snow levels and steady rain could be enough for flooding in area streams and rivers by Thursday. But Portis says the fact that the rain coming is coming through in bands should help.
“You get a little break between (the rain bands), so it gives the rivers a chance to fall back,” Portis explained.
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