Last Rain On The Way

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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:  

The last rain maker is approaching the coast tonight where it’ll drop an additional half an inch of rain overnight into Thursday and more hefty snow totals in the Northern Cascades, of possibly 8-14″ through tomorrow night. Steady rain will start to spread southward overnight into early Thursday with lows falling into the upper 30s.

Rivers continue to be swollen with the heavy rain over the past week. The Coquille River is close to minor flooding, the others (Marys, Willamette at Harrisburg, and Mohawk) all are in “action” stage. You can track the current and forecasted level of your local river from the National Weather Service: River Gauges

The front gets hung up across the central coast most of the day tomorrow so expect another day of showers and breaks, although, I don’t think we’ll see as many sun breaks as Wednesday. Highs again will be cooler with the front right on top of Western Oregon, mainly mid to upper 40s.  By Friday, a high pressure ridge (finally) starts to block the stream of storms by wedging itself just off the NW coastline. I’m still thinking we’re cloudy for part of the day Friday with the soggy ground, however, by the weekend, we should be able to get back to some afternoon sun, highs in the 50s. The one fly in the ointment might be if skies clear overnight Friday, inland valleys might see dense fog develop and with light winds Saturday, might be stuck in the fog all day. Hopefully everyone can get some sun and some MUCH needed drying time through early next week.

Have a great Wednesday night!

– Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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