More rain is in store for Eugene as the second cold front in a week rolls into the southern Willamette Valley.
The first cold front triggered the soggy weather Sunday, said Matthew Cullen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland. In all, 0.74 of an inch of rain fell Sunday at the Eugene Airport weather station. Originating over the Pacific Ocean, the storm system coming through the Valley on Tuesday will likely also produce steady rain.
“All in all, it’s going to be a pretty wet day and a pretty cool day,” he said.
About 0.50 of an inch is expected Tuesday in Eugene, Cullen said. The Weather Service forecast calls for a high of 60 degrees and a low in the 50s. Rain showers will likely continue Wednesday, with another 0.25 of an inch to 0.50 of an inch expected.
The cold front also is expected to bring strong winds Tuesday morning to Eugene and the surrounding area. Cullen said sustained winds are expected to be 20 to 25 miles per hour, and gusts might reach 35 to 40 mph.
Breaks in the gray weather are expected later this week, though. The forecast calls for Thursday, Friday and Saturday to be partly sunny.
The first half of September turned out to be wetter than normal. In fact, rainfall totals are already above the normal total for the whole month. As of Sunday, Eugene has received 2.40 inches of rain for the month, over an inch more than the average amount of 1.29 inches for September.
October is typically the month when Oregon rains begin in earnest, but September can be tougher to predict.
“September can kind of go either way,” Cullen said. “You get some of those wetter years where you get these systems that come through. Some years they hold off until closer to October.”
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