Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:
The rain totals and wind reports continue to climb as the first big storm of the season makes its way across western Oregon. Eugene is up to 1.42″ of rain on the month so far. Here’s the totals across the rest of western Oregon:
This storm had a 1-2-3 punch. The first part was a warm front that brought in the showers, warm air and breezy conditions Friday. Then we saw the cold front early Saturday morning, bringing heavy rain and very strong winds. Saturday afternoon an additional surge of energy from the low pressure itself moved through, keeping the wind and rain going. Winds gusted from 55 to 85 mph along the Coast and Coast Range, 35-45 mph in the Valley and over 50 mph in the Cascades. We also saw a few isolated thunderstorms moving through as well. The strong winds and hevay rain will continue through the night and into Sunday.
Here’s a look at the forecast and current watches and warnings in effect by region:
-COAST: The coast is under a High Wind Warning until 10 p.m. Saturday. The highest winds will come to an end by about 7 p.m. but it will be breezy through 10 p.m. You can expect Southwest winds of 25-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph. The rain will also continue, along with isolated thunderstorms.
-VALLEY: The Valley is under a Wind Advisory until 10 p.m. Saturday. The highest winds will come to an end by about 7 p.m. but it will be breezy through 10 p.m. You can expect Southwest winds of 20-30 mph with gusts to 45 mph. The rain will also continue through the night, along with isolated thunderstorms.
-CASCADES: The Cascades are under a Winter Storm Warning through Sunday at 4 a.m. The snow level has dropped to 4,000′ Saturday afternoon and will continue to drop as low as 2,500′ by late Saturday night. The passes will see another 8-12″ Saturday night, with even more to come Sunday. Winds will also be strong creating blowing snow and white-out conditions. We’ll see W/SW winds of 20-30 mph with gusts of 50-70 mph.
Althrough Sunday will continue to be wet and windy, it won’t be anywhere as extreme as Saturday. Showers and breezy conditions will continue as a warm front moves thourgh. The Coast and Valley will see another quarter to a third of an inch. Wind gusts will drop to 30 mph in the Valley and Coast.
The Cascades will continue to see moderate snowfall and strong winds Sunday. The passes will pick up another 5-7″ and winds will continue to gust to 40 mph.
High pressure moves in Monday and stays all week. This means it’s back to dry, but foggy weather for the work week.
Have a great rest of your weekend and stay safe!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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