Rain expected in valley today, through the week

More rain should spread into the valley Memorial Day, putting a damper on events scheduled for today.

The weather system is expected to bring light rain that will continue off and on through the middle of the week.

"Anybody looking for warmer weather — it will be a week later after the holiday," said Mike Petrucelli, a meterologist with the National Weather Service's Medford office.

A storm front will roll through today bringing heavier downpours on the coast and in the mountains. The high temperature should hit 63 degrees with 0.1 to 0.25 inch of rain expected. More rain should fall tonight, possibly bringing another 0.1 inch.

A slight break on Tuesday will be followed by another weak storm front on Wednesday, bringing light to moderate rain.

Low temperatures through the week should stay in the high 40s.

By Thursday, the skies will be blue again and the temperatures will rise into the 70s.

The region might be heading into a drier, warmer pattern by the end of the week and beyond, Petrucelli said.

By Saturday and Sunday, the high temperatures will rise into the low 80s.

Despite the spate of wet weather, May has been relatively dry with only .38 of an inch of rain falling for the month compared to the average of 1.07.

"The first two weeks of the month were relatively dry," Petrucelli said.

Many of the storms have dumped only a fraction of an inch at the Medford airport, which is considered the driest spot in the valley.

The calendar year has so far netted only 3.34 inches, some 5 inches below normal.

Overall for the water year, which began in September, 16.18 inches have fallen, still shy of the average of 16.81.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or email dmann@mailtribune.com.

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