Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:
We’re now seeing the tail end of this storm which has brought in heavy rain, mountain snow and a very chilly arctic air mass.
As expected, the precipitation was pretty much wrapped up in the valley before the temperatures fell to freezing this morning, but very impressive rainfall totals were seen during the day. Eugene picked up .80″ and it was over an inch in Corvallis and Newport. The ski resorts and passes in the Cascades all got snow. Timberline picked up 10″, Santiam 6″ and Willamette 3″. (see current pass conditions below). A few isolated showers remain across western Oregon. Most of these are confined to the Coast Range and Cascades. Skies will clear later this afternoon.
This cold front was also the leading edge of a very chilly arctic air mass that will continue to settle into western Oregon today. High temperatures Tuesday will top out near 40°, this will be the warmest day of the week. We’ll likely fall to the low 20s tonight.
Wednesday and Thursday are both dry, but still very cold. Highs will stay in the low to mid 30s with lows in the teens and 20s.
Another storm will drop in from the north Friday. This will follow pretty much the same path as the one did on Monday, but will not have access to as much moisture. If it brings any precipitation, it will likely fall as snow all the way to the valley floor. There is a strong possibility for us to see at least some snow, but this is still four days away and details on if and how much snow we can expect will become more clear as it gets closer.
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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