By News-Register staff • 

Flood watch issued

Heavy rains expected tonight and Saturday

With two back-to-back storms expected to bring heavy rain from late tonight through the weekend, the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for most of northwest Oregon, in effect from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon.

Rivers already are high from snowmelt and rain, forecasters noted, and the storms won't give them time to recede before more dumping in substantially more water.

So far, forecasters are predicting that the heaviest rainfall will be in the southern Willamette Valley. The first storm is expected to bring around a half-inch to an inch of rain in the valley late tonight, followed by a second storm on Saturday that could bring another half to one inch of rainfall.

Forecasters said that another system could bring in more rain early next week.

The deluge should be good for the parched state, in the long run. The short run however, could be quite soggy, with smaller streams and rivers also posting potential flood threats. Steep slopes also could pose landslide risks.

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