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Chilly Weather but High Fire Danger

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METEOROLOGIST MELISSA FREY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:

We’ve dropped from the 80s Monday, to the mid 70s Tuesday and now down to the low 70s on tap for today. High pressure is still sitting off-shore keeping us clear and dry, but not warm.

With high pressure moving in from the west and low pressure from the south, we’ll see strong northeast winds all day. Winds have already gusted to 58 mph at Crown Point in the Gorge, 42 mph at Mary’s Peak and 25 mph in Corvallis. The coast has seen winds gusting over 30 mph and the Eugene area has seen sustained winds from the northeast in the teens.

These winds are going to bring chilly air down from the north, while drying out the air at the same time. This combination of dry air and strong winds is not good for fire danger.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning, meaning high fire danger for our area. The warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday and covers much of the northwest corner of the state, including all of Lane, Linn, and Benton counties.

The winds will die down Thursday, but the weather is not going to change much otherwise. With clear skies overnight, it will get very chilly, likely dropping to the low to mid 30s each and we’ll see high temperatures staying in the low 70s with sunny skies overhead all week.

Stay warm!
Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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