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Carey Kelsey of Salem feeds the ducks at Michael's Landing in Corvallis during a break between storms on Thursday.

Andy Cripe, Gazette-Times

If you’re getting a little tired of the rain, don’t worry, you’ll get a little break this weekend — just in time for another soggy spell to start on Monday.

According to the National Weather Service, rain was expected to continue to pelt the mid-valley area through Thursday night before easing off Friday, when the forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of showers after 11 a.m.

After that, the prognosticators say, expect patchy fog and mostly cloudy skies through Sunday night, with rain returning on Martin Luther King Day and continuing through at least Tuesday and possibly longer.

The area was expected to get about a half-inch of rain on Thursday, bringing the total for the first 11 days of 2018 to a little over an inch.

“That doesn’t seem too out of the ordinary,” said David Bishop, a meteorologist in the Portland bureau of the National Weather Service.

In a typical January, he added, mid-valley residents could expect to see about 6 inches of rain.

“As it stands now, it looks like January might be on track” to hit that half-foot mark, Bishop said. “It might be a little behind, but not by much.”

For the water year that began Oct. 1, Bishop said, the region is running anywhere from 2 inches to 6 inches behind the usual precip totals, but it’s far too early to start worrying about a dry year.

“It could change if we get a decent (storm) system that decides to roll through and drop an inch and a half or 2 inches of rain.”

Just how wet could next week get? There are some differences between the two major forecasting models the weather service uses for such predictions, Bishop said, but so far at least there doesn’t appear to be any cause to worry about flooding in this part of the state.

“We are keeping an eye on all the rivers in the area, but we haven’t had any reports of localized flooding or anything like that,” he said.

This weekend's drier weather will be a bit cooler as well, according to the weather service's latest forecast.

Thursday was expected to see a high of 57 degrees and an overnight low of 48. From Friday through Sunday, the weather service is predicting highs in the low 50s and lows in the mid-30s.

Reporter Bennett Hall can be reached at 541-758-9529 or Follow him on Twitter at @bennetthallgt.


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