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Coldest Nights Are Coming

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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion: 

Temperatures are falling quickly into the low 30s across parts of Western Oregon tonight, while the showers are winding down, we might see a few flurries in some of the valley hills, but that’s about it for this storm coming through. Now we wait on the cold, and I mean, COLD air coming this week. Lows will drop into the low 30s to upper 20s tonight.

Tuesday through Thursday, the winds become more easterly and cold, polar Canadian air spills in across the Northwest. Highs will struggle to get into the mid 30s and overnight lows will fall into the 20s and likely teens by Wednesday and Thursday morning. The Egan Warming Centers have opened for Tuesday night and are on standby for the rest of the week. The danger here will be that we will only spend a few hours in the afternoon above freezing, so keep in mind your pets that may be stuck outside with long hours in sub-freezing conditions. The good news is the dry weather will mean at least sunny afternoons. Valleys will likely see patchy freezing fog icing up roads each morning.

By the weekend, just a tad warmer with highs back into the upper 30s but some weather models are trying to wrap a disturbance around the jetstream, pick up some moisture off the Pacific and move into Oregon Thursday late into Friday. If it pans out, that’s our best chance for seeing snow on the valley floor. We’ll be watching that scenario as it develops. Stay warm!

Have a great Tuesday!

- Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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