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Story by Kimberly West - The Oregon Herald
Published on Friday December 10, 2010 - 2:36 PM
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Heavy rain is expected to soak the region Saturday and into early Sunday morning as a robust storm system comes ashore. The La Nina effect, caused by a warmer-than-usual Pacific Ocean, can boost a storm's power and tends to steer wet weather toward Oregon and Washington.

Up to 3 inches of rain could fall in Willamette Valley locales over the next three days, with coastal and mountain regions getting even more.

Skiers and snowboarders should store their gear as freezing levels are expected to raise to 9,000 feet, causing rain to fall into an early snowpack, according to KATU Meteorologist Rhonda Shelby. Most Cascade ski facilities are near the 6,000 foot level.

Yesterday 1.42 inches of rain fell in Portland. Heavy rain is expected tomorrow which could lead to slides and localized flooding along already swollen waterways, especially along the Oregon Coast.

The current forecast shows that the heaviest rain should taper off by Sunday. As next week begins, only scattered showers are expected.