Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:
For many folks in western Oregon today brought the first sight of snow to parts of western Oregon since early December. Isolated showers moving through the area are allowing for snow flurries to continue in the valley with sticking snow above 1,000′ through this evening. If you have reports of snow in your area send the pictures here: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/KEZIMelissaFrey. The clouds will continue to gradually clear through this evening and the temperatures will drop rapidly tonight.
In January we dropped below freezing 11 times, but the coldest we ever got was only 24°. December was much colder, not only did we drop below freezing 14 times, but we were at or below zero four times. Although it won’t be quite that cold this week, we’re still going to see that chilly arctic air making a presence once again.
High pressure will allow for off-shore flow this afternoon through Friday. This will clear out the clouds, keep us dry, and bring in the colder air. Highs will still reach the low to mid 40s today in western Oregon, but under clear skies it’ll be back to the mid 20s tonight in the valley and low 30s for the Coast and Umpqua Basin. The Cascades will continue to see light isolated snow showers through tonight, with lows falling into the single digits.
High temperatures will fall each day, down to just 33° in the Valley by Thursday and our lows will fall to the teens for Wednesday and Thursday nights.
The next chance for precipitation will be Saturday. A strong storm system is developing in the southern Pacific and will bring that warm tropical moisture to the Pacific Northwest this weekend. The storm itself is warm, but it’ll be slamming into this very cold air mass. This means initially we’ll likely see a combination of snow, freezing rain and/or sleet before it all changes to rain by Sunday.
Stay tuned to the Stormtracker 9 Weather team throughout the week and we’ll refine the details of this winter weather as the storm gets closer.
Have a great day and bundle up!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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