The weather institute has issued another warning for the Caribbean and the northern zone. It said at 7 p.m. Monday that heavy rains were expected in those areas through today. More than 5 inches of rain was predicted over 12 hours.
The rain was expected to be less intense in the northern zone with variations between moderate and strong, said the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional.
The prediction also said that there would be light rain in the north Pacific, heavy clouds and maybe fog in the central and south Pacific with rain of varying intensity and partly cloudy skies with rain ranging from weak to moderate in the Central Valley.
The predictions of rain were not good news for highway officials. Crews still are digging out a stretch north of the Zurquí tunnel on Ruta 32 where a slide closed the roadway Sunday night. This is the San José-Guápiles highway that continues to Limón.
Traffic police were expected to open the highway for several hours this morning to allow tractor trailers that are backed up to continue their journeys. But then they are expected to close the highway for additional cleanup.