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Early Spring-Like Weather This Week

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Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:

The storm that moved through this weekend brought in nearly an inch of rainfall to the southern Willamette Valley. This brings in our monthly total in Eugene to 2.96″ which is 1.39″ above average month to date and we’re now only 0.36″ below average for the calendar year. We’ve moved from “Severe Drought” status to a less concerning “Moderate Drought” status, although we can still use the rain and snow! When you look at the water year, which began on October 1st, we’re still 14.97″ below average.

We’ll continue to see scattered showers Monday as a trough of low pressure moves over the Pacific Northwest. The upper atmosphere is rapidly cooling while the surface is still quite mild, this means that not only showers will continue today, but we could also see isolated thunderstorms, including small hail as well. The snow level will drop to 3,500′ and 2-5″ of snow will fall in the Cascades. High temperatures across most of western Oregon will stay in the mid 50s.

Once we get through this storm Monday, it’s back to high pressure and mild weather Tuesday through Thursday. We’ll see morning fog followed by afternoon sunshine. Highs will be warmer in the upper 50s and low 60s, but low temperatures will be cooler into the low to mid 30s.

The next chance for rain isn’t until Friday. We have a slight chance for seeing isolated showers Friday before returning to dry weather for the weekend. This weekend is also shaping to be quite warm as well, in fact likely the warmest weekend so far in 2014!

Have a great day,
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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