Here comes the rain again

EUGENE, Ore. - Get ready for some rain.

Forecasters expect a series of fall storms to wash across Western Oregon starting Friday, bringing the first drops of rain to a record-dry Willamette Valley.

"The first frontal system will give light amounts of rain to the area, with rain continuing at times on Saturday," the National Weather Service said. "Temperatures will be seasonable with the snow level above all but the highest peaks."

Conditions conspire to turn on the spigot later in the weekend.

"A subtropical moisture connection will feed additional moisture across western washington and Oregon Sunday and Monday," forecasters said. "It is likely that the pacific northwest will see heavy rain from these systems. However many of the details on how these storms develop are uncertain at this time.

"Heavy rain is most likely in western washington and not as likely farther south in oregon," forecasters said. "There is a possibility that rainfall totals for friday through monday could reach as high as 5 to 8 inches in the south Washington Cascades and the north Oregon Coast range with around 2 inches in the valleys."

The jet stream could push the moisture north, however, lessening the rainfall.