Leaves, rain combine to clog storm drains

Colder weather will bring snow to higher elevations

By Craig Brown, Columbian metro editor


photoBill Lamkin, part of the city of Vancouver’s stormwater management team, clears leaves from a drain at the intersection of East 15th Street and Broadway on Wednesday afternoon. Wind will knock leaves from trees and clog storm drains again on Thursday, according to weather forecasters.

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Fallen leaves and falling rain combine will combine to create a slick mix over the next few days.

The National Weather Service warned Wednesday that the leaves could clog storm drains, creating puddles and ponds where there once were sidewalks and streets.

More than a half inch of rain fell at Pearson Field in the 12-hour period that ended at 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service, and more was forecast to fall all evening and into Thursday morning.

As the rain eases, temperatures will fall. Thursday’s high of 45 degrees should be reached in the morning, and then the temperature will fall the rest of the day and into the evening.

Heavy snow is forecast for mountain passes as the weekend approaches, and there could be some snow at higher elevations in Clark County. A few wet flakes may be spotted in the urban area, but it’s not expected to stick, according to the weather service.