Arctic Blast Hitting Pacific Northwest

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Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:

A cold front moved through western Oregon early this morning dumping rain and mountain snow. Eugene picked up .59″, Corvallis 1.17″, North Bend .79″ and many locations in the Coast Range and Cascades saw 2-4″! We’ll continue to add to those totals throughout the day but the heavy rain is transitioning to scattered showers that will taper off later tonight.

This cold front was also the leading edge of a very chilly arctic air mass that will continue to move in from the north today. Eugene was at 54° at 2 a.m., 50° by 6 a.m. and down to 45° at 9 a.m. We’ll continue to drop to the mid 30s overnight and eventually low 30s by early Tuesday morning.

The snow level dropped from 6,000′ to 4,ooo’ just after sunrise, spreading snow across the northern and central Cascades passes.

Here’s what it looked like at Santiam Pass this morning. The ski resorts will likely pick up 6-12″ of new snow by Tuesday morning, the passes will see 4-8″, and the foothills near 2,000′ will see 1-3″. Elevations below 1,000′ feet will see 0-1″. By the time the snow level gets to the valley floor early Tuesday, most of the precipitation will be wrapped up. So if we do happen to get a late shower, it will fall as snow even in the lower elevations, but we still wouldn’t see more than an inch.

After Tuesday it’s back to dry weather and we stay that way through the end of the week, but it will be very cold! Lows will be in the teens and 20s for the valley with highs only in the low 30s.

Have a great start to the week,
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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