METEOROLOGIST MELISSA FREY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:
Wednesday morning started with a wintry mix across western Oregon. Most of the night was dry, but by about 4 a.m. we started seeing another round of snow in the Coast Range and the foothills of the Cascades. The snow level started at 500 feet, but will climb to 3,000 feet by the end of the day.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the foothills of the Cascades until 4 p.m. Wednesday for an additional 2-4″ of snow.
A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect from 1 p.m. Wednesday to 4 p.m. Thursday for central Oregon near Bend, Sunriver and La Pine. These areas can expect 3-8″ of snow, with the heaviest amounts south of Bend.
The attention will then shift to the next big storm which is expected to impact all off western Oregon by Wednesday night. We’ll see a warm front, followed by a cold front which will bring in 2-3 inches of rain over a 36 hour period. This storm will also bring in strong winds for the coast and more heavy snow for the Cascades and central Oregon.
A High Wind Warning is in effect for the coast until 1 a.m. Thursday. The beaches and headlands will see south winds of 40 – 50 mph with gusts to 75 mph. The coastal communities will see gusts to about 60 mph.
The valley will see breezy conditions Wednesday afternoon with south winds of 15-25 mph and gusts to 35 mph. Highs will be much warmer, in the mid 40s and lows will stay in the mid 30s. Heavy rain will continue through Thusday and localized flooding may become a concern by Thursday night.
The snow level will fluctuate between 2,000 and 3,000 feet for the remainder of the week. This means the passes will continue to see the snow pile up as we continue to see disturbances moving through. Showers will continue off and on Friday through Monday. Highs will stay in the low 40s with lows in the low to mid 30s.
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Have a great Wednesday and stay safe and warm!
-Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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