Icy Start, Dry Finish

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Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:

Temperatures dropped below freezing this morning across most of western Oregon. Eugene hit a low of 28° which was the coldest we’ve seen since there was a full blanket of snow and ice on the ground last Thursday.

The skies cleared overnight and this not only allowed the temperatures to drop, but also fog to form. The combination of water on the roadways and fog freezing made for a very icy morning commute.

The fog should break mid day, giving way to mostly sunny skies. It’ll stay cool though with high temperatures struggling to get out of the 30s.

The next storm moves in Friday for another round of rain showers across western Oregon. This storm will be running into a cold pool of air that is currently across Oregon. The north valley and coast will be the first to see showers in Oregon, which will likely start out as a wintry mix, a combination of snow/rain mix, freezing rain and/or sleet. The Cascades will see all snow for the first half of the day before it changes over to rain in the afternoon. The south valley will be the last to see the precipitation, and therefore should be warm enough for us to see plain rain. Stay tuned though over the next 18 hours in case there are any changes in the timing of this storm.

All of western Oregon will warm into the 40s Friday afternoon and should only fall to the upper 30s Friday night. Showers will continue off and on through early afternoon Saturday.

Sunday is looking dry as is most of Monday, but we may see another round of showers Monday afternoon through early Christmas Eve.

Have a great

~Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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