David Bishop, meteorologist at the Portland branch of the National Weather Service, wants you to check and clear your gutters and storm drains of debris because it’s going to get rainy this weekend, and puddles could turn to small floods.
“There’s a pretty robust system coming through,” he said. “Most models are calling for quite a bit of precipitation amounts.”
From Thursday afternoon to Tuesday morning, Vancouver is due for about 1.5 inches of rain, but the details are still fuzzy and could change, Bishop said. Some areas along the coast and in the Columbia River Gorge could see between 3 to 4 inches of rain, he said.
It’s the first real rainstorm since summer began, a welcome relief that might mean that Vancouver missed a period of smoky skies that seems to happen almost yearly.
High temperatures are likely to drop this weekend to the upper 60s on Friday and Saturday and low- to mid-60s on Sunday and Monday, Bishop said. Vancouver could also see wind gusts of 25 to 30 mph later this week, over the weekend and into early next week.
Starting on Tuesday, higher temperatures in the low 70s and partly cloudy skies are expected to return, but low temps at night and in the morning are still expected to be in the low 50s.