Frosty Starts For Friday?

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Justin’s Wednesday Night Forecast Discussion:

What a windy Wednesday for just about all of Western Oregon. Funny enough, wind gusts in the Willamette Valley were just as strong as the central coast. Check out some totals from earlier today.

Overnight tonight and likely again Friday morning, we’re looking at a couple of chilly starts. Low humidity (dry air), clear skies, and light winds are the recipe for mid to low 30s and probably some folks seeing the first light frost of the season. The question tonight will be if the winds calm down, if not, then lows will likely only fall into the upper 30s and low 40s.

Red Flag Warnings have been issued for basically all of Western Oregon from the coast to the Cascades through 6pm Thursday as humidity levels will drop below 30% for midweek. And while the winds will gradually calm down Thursday, the high pressure ridge still blocking in the Northern Gulf of Alaska will keep us in an offshore flow, so expect another afternoon of dry and sunny weather. Highs should rebound back into the low to mid 30s.

By the weekend, an upper level low will slowly slide up the Northern California coastline and may bring some high clouds and maybe a stray shower to the Southern Cascades, but that’s about the only rain chances we’ll see on the horizon. We’ll stay under the influence of the dry airmass and keep mostly sunny skies around for the entire weekend. Duck and Beaver fans should both enjoy good weather for the home games.

Have a great Thursday!

Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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