Downpour slows morning commute across Portland metro


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s not very pretty out there on the roads.

As heavy showers move through the Portland metro, Thursday morning’s commute is taking a hit. In addition to traffic slowdowns caused by flood conditions on the roads, Trip Check reported various crashes along Interstate 5 and Interstate 84 on the city’s east side and near the downtown area.

Very few details are available on any of the crashes. KOIN 6 News has a crew riding through the area in Mobile 6 and will provide updates when new information is available.

Just before 7 a.m., the National Weather Service issued an Areal Flood Advisory for portions of the Northern Willamette Valley. They advise commuters to watch out for flooded portions of roads, especially in areas with poor drainage.

The advisory will be in place until 9:45 a.m.

One Oregon Department of Transportation camera showed significant flooding on Rosa Parks Way near I-5. Several cars were stuck in the high water around 7 a.m. but have since made their way out.

These pockets of heavy rainfall are expected to continue in the metro and valley throughout the morning. Showers will likely ease up by the afternoon and temps could reach the mid-60s.

This is all part of the latest atmospheric river coming our way: the Pineapple Express!

The Pineapple Express is a plume of moisture that is coming from the Hawaii region, which is the reason for the name — however, it’s worth noting not all atmospheric rivers come directly from the Pineapple State. Rain will be in the forecast through the remainder of the week, but there will be a few windows that produce higher values. 

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