By News-Register staff • 

Heavy rain on the way as fall's arrival brings first storm

Special weather statement issued for year's first storm; warns that roads are likely to be slick.

Update: A special weather statement from the National Weather Service was updated at 2:34 p.m. Tuesday. It now says that rainfall totals by the end of the day Wednesday are expected to be between a half-inch and one and a half inches, but removes reference to possible flooding and landslides.

However, it continues to warn that roads are likely be slick due to residual oil and grease.

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The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement, warning that the first storm of fall is on the way, with heavy rain expected overnight.

“An early fall frontal system will bring a drastic change in weather tonight and Wednesday,” it states. “The main weather impact will be widespread moderate to heavy rain that will begin along the coast late this afternoon and slowly spread inland tonight and Wednesday.

“Rainfall totals from Tuesday through the end of the week are expected to reach near an inch over the interior lowlands and one to two inches for the coast and mountains. This heavy rain may result in localized urban flooding, especially where the local wildfires have left burn scars. Roads located below burned slopes may be at risk for rapidly moving landslides.”

In addition, it warns, “motorists are urged to use caution on the roadways over the next few days. Given the long period of dry weather that has preceded this front, residual oil and grease on the road surfaces will likely become quite slick at the onset of the rain.”

Daytime temperatures are expected to drop into the low 70s for the remainder of the week, and possibly the high 60s on Friday.

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