Wet storm rolls over Northwest, waterways swell again

PORTLAND, Ore. - More heavy rain is expected to fall over the next few days in the Northwest and some areas could see freezing rain and snow, KATU Meteorologist Rhonda Shelby said Tuesday morning.

Localized flooding is also possible on Tuesday and into Wednesday as rivers and streams continue to run high following a lengthy storm last week that dumped rain and snow on the region for several days, causing extensive flooding.

However, several days of drier weather following the big storm have allowed swollen waterways to recede and should accommodate the new rainfall and snow-melt without major flooding, Shelby said.

A long trail of moisture riding the jet stream is pointed right at the Northwest and some areas west of the Cascades could see an inch or more of rain Tuesday with lesser amounts Wednesday and Thursday, Shelby said.

In the Portland area, the Willamette River is still running high as seen in these photos of Clackamette Park taken Tuesday near Oregon City.

The Oregon City Falls are also running fast and high as rain and melted snow fills tributaries.

And at a spot on the Clackamas River, the water is almost to the top of the rocks at 'High Rocks.'

Coastal areas could see 2 inches or rain or more, leading to localized flooding at the usual spots, such as along the Wilson, Trask and Pudding rivers on the Oregon Coast. High winds are also expected along the coast Tuesday and Wednesday, but at sppeds lower than those last week.

Cities in the Columbia River Gorge such as Hood River and The Dalles could see more snow and freezing rain as cold air hangs on in regions east of the Cascades on Tuesday. But eventually, warm air will win out and those areas should see rain, Shelby said.

Many schools in the Gorge let students go home early Tuesday due to winter conditions.

Ski resorts that received nearly 8 feet of snow or more last week will get mostly rain out of this system, Shelby said. The freezing level is expected to be 8,000 feet Tuesday and will drop to 4,500 feet Wednesday before rising to 5,500 feet Thursday as the storm tapers off.

Drier conditions should arrive on Thursday and Friday and into the weekend, Shelby said.