PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Pacific Northwest is bracing for the season's first onslaught of strong Pacific storms, moving in Thursday and lasting into next week.
The strongest storm system is expected Saturday.
After increasing clouds Wednesday, steady rain should arrive very early Thursday morning, according to KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill.
"Thursday brings the first in a series of strong storms," Hill said Wednesday. "Portland will likely see an inch of rain Thursday with gusty valley winds late day to 40 mph as the first front arrives."
Minor street flooding is possible in Portland, with rivers and streams running high in the Coast Range as inches of rain fall.
A High Wind Warning is in effect for the Oregon Coast Thursday and Friday, with wind gusts around 75 mph.
"A second wind warning may be issued Saturday," Hill said. "Travelers should monitor snow levels, as they could dip below 5,000 feet, impacting Cascade passes."
The metro area could see downed trees or broken limbs, and possibly a few power outages.
After Saturday's storm, showers will continue Sunday and Monday. Then another strong storm could move in on Tuesday.