METEOROLOGIST MELISSA FREY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:
It was a cold night across Oregon! Here’s a look at some of our low temperatures as of 7:30 a.m.:
-Santiam Pass: 11°
-Willamette Pass: 14°
-SE Springfield: 26°
-S Eugene: 32°
-North Bend: 34°
-Eugene Airport: 34°
The jet stream has taken a nose dive to the south and is bringing arctic air all the way to central California. We also got help from a clear night, which also allowed quite a bit of fog to form in the Willamette Valley. Although it’s chilly and foggy, we are in between storms so it will also be dry Thursday. Highs will stay in the low to mid 40s.
We’ll see the next storm roll in on Friday…this one won’t bring more than a few showers, but it will bring in another 1-3″ of snow for the ski resorts and another dusting down to 2,000′.
Saturday’s storm will be a bit more impressive. We’ll see the showers starting mid day, which will be another round of snow above 2,000′. From this point through Thursday, the storms roll in about every 36 hours, which will keep scattered showers in the Valley, Umpqua Basin, and Coast, and snow in the higher foothills and passes. In fact, the ski resorts will likely see about 12″ with EACH storm. Willamette Pass needs about three feet to open, so hopefully after this line of storms they’ll be able to kick-off the season! Here’s the ski report as of Thursday:
High temperatures will stay in the mid 40s all week for the Valley, with lows falling to the mid 30s.
Have a great Thursday and stay warm!
-Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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