Rain’s back and the weekend could bring a lot of it

Rain returned to the Twin Harbors Friday after a record dry spell across Western Washington, and the National Weather Service warns a series of storms will move into the Pacific Northwest through the weekend.

A front bringing heavier rain will arrive late Saturday with heavy rainfall continuing Sunday and into Monday, according to a special weather statement issued Friday morning.

River flooding is not expected, but the weather statement says many rivers will rise sharply. Wind speeds are expected to pick up along the coast and in the Northwest interior, the Weather Service said.

Rainfall totals are expected to range from 2 to 4 inches in the Olympics and along the coast, which will see the first razor clam dig of the season at four beaches this weekend. About 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected over the lowlands.

The Weather Service warns that driving will be hazardous in the rain, which will combine with the oil residue built up during the long dry spell to create slick road surfaces. Also, flooding could occur if wind-blown leaves are allowed to clog drains in intersections, underpasses and low-lying streets.

Thursday marked the 81st day with precipitation of no more than .03 inch at Sea-Tac Airport. The previous record was 75 dry days in 1922. The last rainfall over. 03 on an inch in Hoquiam was on Sept. 9, when .09 inches was recorded, the Weather Service said.