Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:
We’re sitting in the saddle waiting for the snow tonight as the low is sliding down the coastline. We’ll see a very wintry and bitterly cold forecast with the snow that falls sticking around for most of the frozen weekend. Highs will struggle to get back up to freezing both Friday and Saturday.
As for the timing of the snow showers, the storm appears to have slowed just a bit, meaning that the coastline will start to see snow after midnight. Inland, the Willamette Valley from Salem south to Eugene will see snow around 5-6a through lunctime. Then the storm shifts south, into the Umpqua Basin through the afternoon, finally moving into the Rogue Valley Friday evening. Temps tomorrow will start off in the mid to low 20s and likely not get back to freezing, low 30s and upper 20s for highs with the snow.
Here’s current snowfall total predictions:
Coast: rain/snow mix with 1-2″ just inland.
Coast Range: 1-3″
South Valley: 1-4″
Lane County Foothills: 2-4″
Lane County Cascades: 3-7″
Umpqua Basin: 3-6″
Douglas County Foothills (above 1,500′): 4-6″
Behind this storm it’s back to dry and still chilly weather Friday night. We’ll stay sunny and cold through the weekend with highs in the mid to upper 20s Saturday and lows in the single digits and teens Saturday night. Sunday and Monday we should get above freezing during the day for a few hours, but still into the teens and 20s overnight. There’s another storm coming Tuesday which might start off as some freezing rain because of the stubborn cold air that’ll be in place. We’ll shift gears to that scenario after tomorrow.
Have a great Friday! Be careful on the roads!
– Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
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