For Monday, a freezing rain advisory and the start of the thaw
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -
Roads will remain dicey for the morning commute but the evening drive home will be much improved due to the warmer temperatures expected Monday.
The Portland metro area is under a Freezing Rain Advisory until noon today. Forecasters say showers will move in to the metro area as we begin the warming transition. That may lead to pockets of light freezing rain. Those showers should turn over to rain by this afternoon.
Out near the Gorge, freezing rain is a bigger threat.
The cold pool of air will linger in the Gorge. That will cause most of the moisture to fall and freeze to the surfaces. There is a Freezing Rain Advisory that extends until midnight tonight for the western end of the Columbia river gorge and the upper Hood River valley.
As the snow and ice melts, we have to watch the river and creek levels.
Forecasts are calling for major rivers to remain below flood stage. However, given our dry winter season, soils will have a tough time soaking up all the water from the melt. This may result in localized flooding on streets and grounds.