Rain is in the forecast

By on Friday, September 17th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News Columbia Basin Top Stories

PENDLETON – Rain might make the grass at the Pendleton Round-Up slick on Saturday, but it is needed as the Columbia Basin is in either an exceptional or an extreme drought. The National Weather Service predicts between a half-inch and an inch of rain will fall Saturday.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is urging motorists to be careful. The first significant rain of the season lifts oil and grime to the surface, causing slippery patches on roads that often lead to crashes.

ODOT urges motorists to slow down, especially through standing water. People should also check tire treads, make sure wiper blades are in good condition, and turn on their headlights. Stopping time changes when roads are wet. Vehicles need two to three times the distance to stop, so ODOT advises not to follow closely.

Also, hydroplaning can occur at speeds as low as 35 miles per hour, especially if tires are worn. If a vehicle is hydroplaning, ease off the gas, gently apply the brakes and steer straight.