Friday, August 5 2022

The first day of 2022 will bring plenty of sunshine to Portland, although clear skies aren’t expected to last all weekend.

The National Weather Service predicts Portland will have mostly sunny skies and highs near 36 degrees on Saturday. The sun will give way to more soggy conditions on Sunday, which will provide a 90% chance of precipitation and a high near 45 degrees.

Portland residents should expect wet weather to persist through at least Friday, according to the Weather Service’s seven-day forecast. Highs throughout the work week will be in the 40s.

“As we change the year, we will change the weather model,” Clinton Rockey, a meteorologist with the Portland National Weather Service, said Friday. “We are back to January weather – wet, milder and with flooding rivers.”

Related: Heated shelters in Portland, Troutdale will remain open overnight despite continued cold temperatures

During the week, snow will begin to melt over the Cascades, with no further accumulation below 5,000 or 6,000 feet, Rockey said.

All of that moisture leading up to the projected six consecutive days of rainfall drains out of the Pacific Ocean, he added, creating a “moderate potential” for rivers approaching flood stage. Residents living near rivers should monitor conditions as the week progresses.

“The pipe is pointed at us again,” Rockey said. “If you like snow the mountains are the place to go, otherwise have your umbrellas and boots ready as it’s back to wet and muddy conditions.”

— The Oregonian/OregonLive

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