Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:
The days of dry mild weather in western Oregon have come to an end. We’ve seen over two inches of precipitation in the past five days and we’ll see an additional two inches in the next three days. (we’re now only 4.10″ below average in rainfall for the year, that deficit was up to over 5″ just last week.)
Temperatures are also warming up day by day. We hit 46° in Eugene Monday and should make it to the low 50 Tuesday. The warmer temperatures are continuing to melt all of the snow and ice left over from this weekend. The combination of snow melt and new rain is making for a lot of standing water on the roadways. The main concern for this week will be localized flooding.
The next big storm hits western Oregon Tuesday night. This will bring in heavy rain and strong winds. The coast is under a High Wind Warning from 10 p.m. through 4 a.m. for wind gusts from the south to 65 mph. The valley will see wind gusts to 45 mph. This storm will also bring in heavy rain starting Tuesday evening, which won’t let up for about 24 hours straight. The Cascades will see snow initially today before switching to all rain Wednesday. The snow level will climb from 5,000 feet Tuesday to 8,000′ Wednesday.
We’ll see a few breaks in the rain Thursday before the next storm hits Thursday night. Rain will continue Friday and Saturday before switching to scattered showers on Sunday. The snow level will drop to around 6,000 feet Thursday and then 5,000′ Friday for another round of heavy snow in the Cascades heading into the weekend.
Highs will hold in the 50s all week in the valley and will only drop to the low to mid 40s overnight.
Have a great day and stay dry!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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