Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:
Showers are pushing back into Western Oregon tonight as the remnants of a cold front and colder air move in for the next couple of days. Tonight, snow lines will drop down to around 1500 feet, with accumulating snow of 1-2″ at Pass level. Some light flurries might make it to the valley floor before dawn but I don’t expect any accumulation. Lows will drop into the upper 20s and any fog that forms will likely freeze on the roadways.
Thursday is a transition day with mostly cloudy skies and overall quiet. It will be chilly though with highs struggling to get into the mid to upper 30s. Heading into Friday and the weekend, a much more vigorous storm heads over top of the Pacific ridge and will bring some decent rain showers chances areawide. The mountains will start off as snow with this one, but should slush up to rain as its not very cold in nature. The northern end of the valley (Portland metro) may start off with snow showers before it changes over to rain but in our area, it should be all rain by the time the wave gets here.
All in all, a typical start to our winter, which officially kicks off at 9:11am west coast time on Saturday. Most of the weekend will stay dry and early peeks at Christmas also are looking relatively dry and a-ok for travelers.
Have a great Thursday!
– Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
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