Possible freezing rain high winds in weekend forecast

first_imgClark County may not be struggling beneath a thick coat of ice and snow like the Puget Sound area, but a strong system has still soaked the region this week with more than 3 inches of rain, as well as high wind and freezing rain advisories for the weekend.The good news: The heaviest rainfall is out of the way. The bad news: Overall, it will be rain, rain and more rain next week. Welcome to late January. “You’ll see pretty steady rainfall, but not as potent,” said Liana Ramirez, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Portland. “It’s going to be consistent rain, but it’s going to be a lot lighter.”As of Friday afternoon, 3.4 inches of rain had fallen at Vancouver’s Pearson Airport over the past three days. While the weather service issued a flood watch for Clark County, there were no known areas of river flooding in the region, save for some streets and streams. The Columbia River was at about 11 feet, below the 16-foot flooding stage.Other parts of the state attempted to rebound from heavy snow. Rail service remained closed between Portland and Seattle on Friday, as crews worked to clear some 200 trees that had fallen on or near the tracks this week, said BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas. Freight access was expected to resume Friday evening, he said, with Amtrak passenger rail service getting back on line Saturday.last_img read more