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First Big Winter Storm Saturday

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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion: 

More rain today which if you had the last couple of days, puts the total at more than .60″. The last time we saw more than a half an inch of rain was back on Dec. 6th! Showers should slowly taper off tonight at the coast and inland, while the mountains may pick up an additional 1-3″ overnight. Lows like the highs in the 50s today, will remain very mild, in the low 40s.

Thursday morning will see a bit of a break in the wet weather as we’ll be in between systems. By the afternoon hours, the next storm is moving through with more scattered showers and an additional 2-5″ of snow in the Cascades with snow levels around 3000 feet. Passes should also be a little slippery with fresh snow expected over the next couple of days. Otherwise, we’ll see scattered showers with occasional sun breaks and highs hovering around the mid to upper 40s. Friday, temps move back into the 50s and it’ll get really breezy ahead of a storm bringing wind, rain and snow into the weekend.

Friday Night/Saturday’s storm looks to be the strongest of this young year bringing strong winds along the coast by Saturday and breezy conditions inland to start the weekend. Heavy rain is also likely Saturday with more than 1-2 feet of snow at the ski resorts. This is a huge positive first step to getting some of the area resorts, including Willamette Pass and Hoodoo to finally open for the winter. We’ll continue to monitor the storm as it develops.

Have a great Thursday!

– Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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