Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:
Wednesday morning we’re in the calm between storms. The streets are still wet from last nights rain and we’re still seeing a few scattered showers off and on. We’ve picked up 0.44″ of rain in the past 48 hours. Temperatures are mild, starting out in the upper 40s for the southern Willamette Valley, but tonight’s cold front will bring in cooler air which will drop our temperatures and the snow level below the passes this afternoon.
Today’s storm is the third out of five that we’ll see this week. The heaviest rain today will be between 1 and 7 p.m. The west and east slopes of the Cascades are under a Winter Weather Advisory for 6-10″ of new snow by early tomorrow morning. The snow level will drop to 3,500 feet overnight, but the heaviest snow will be above 4,000′.
Once this storm passes Thursday morning we’ll see another short break between storms, but the rain will pick back up Thursday afternoon with storm #4. This will also bring in another 2-5″ of snow for the Cascades.
Most of Friday we’ll be in between storms. We’ll stay mostly cloudy with a chance for just light isolated showers. The air will warm up though ahead of the next storm. Highs should climb to the low 50s with lows in the mid 40s. The snow level will climb to about 7,000′.
We’ll kick off the weekend with storm #5, the largest we’ll see this week. Heavy rain and breezy winds will start early in the day. The coast could see winds in excess of 45 mph. Highs will fall to the upper 40s in the valley and the snow level will drop to at least 3,000′ by Saturday night. This storm will be another big snow maker for the Cascades.
Showers will continue through Sunday but by Monday we’re on track to dry out for at least a couple of days.
Have a great day and welcome to Winter!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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