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Dry but Chilly Starting Tuesday

Melissa-Frey-500x500-250x250 Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:

Well the groundhog said six more weeks of winter are on the way…and here in Oregon that is a good thing! We wrapped up January 4.29″ below average in rainfall. As for the first week of February we’re not seeing much rain on the way, but we are definitely seeing the colder air.

A small disturbance will continue to bring in a few isolated showers through this evening. The snow level is holding at about 1,500′, so some snow is on the way for the foothills and Cascades and even some snow/rain mix may be seen in the Valley, but there is not much moisture with this storm so accumulations will be very light.

Temperatures will fall to the low 30s tonight in the valley and from Tuesday through Friday we’ll see dry weather thanks to a ridge of high pressure sitting just off-shore. Our high temperatures will fall each day, down to just 33° by Thursday and our lows will fall to the mid-20s Tuesday night, then teens for Wednesday and Thursday nights.

The next chance at rainfall will be Saturday. A storm system will bring in moisture off the Pacific which may initially fall as a wintry mix Saturday. Stay tuned to the Stormtracker 9 Weather team throughout the week and we’ll refine these details on possible snow, freezing rain, sleet and rain as this storm gets closer and we see how much cold air is left by the end of the week.

Have a great day!

~Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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