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A Taste of Spring To End February

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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:  

I hope you got a chance to get outside today, as Eugene hit 63 this afternoon. That’s the warmest we’ve been since November 6th (64). Tonight will stay mild in the mid 40s overall, with an occasional shower moving in from the coast as a warm front slowly lifts across the state tonight. Interestingly, the cold air is bottled up near Portland today where highs were stuck in the mid 40s and even cooler than that (30s) near Pendleton.

Tomorrow will be another early taste of Spring with highs in the 60s and the southerly winds should help to clear out some of the morning clouds. While the valley and coast will enjoy that taste of Spring, it also may provide a chance for some isolated thunderstorms developing in the mountains in the afternoon. Some sunshine, warmer air, and extra lift with an approaching storm may be enough to fire a few up.

Wednesday and Thursday, a couple of storms will move through bringing more showers at the coast early on Wednesday, inland valleys by the PM hours. Thursday will also see a scattering of showers on and off throughout the day. Snow levels will slowly fall to around 5000 feet with a rain/snow mix in the mountains. Friday sees a dry day before more showers are back on Saturday, better coverage by Sunday. Highs will be cooler too, back down into the mid to low 50s. Icy conditions may be an issue for folks heading out east, with much colder air battling with the still warm air that will be in place.

Have a great Monday night!

– Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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