Late Winter Storms Bring Rain and Snow

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Melissa-Frey-500x500-250x250Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:

This weekend was the warmest we’ve seen so far in 2014 in Eugene with a high of 68° on Saturday and 63° on Sunday. Despite the very spring-like weekend, Monday morning was a reminder that it is still winter.

A cold front moved in Sunday night that brought with it rain showers, breezy conditions and a much colder air mass. The snow level dropped to 1,500 feet Monday morning which meant snow showers across Santiam and Willamette Passes, along with the higher foothills of both the Cascades and Coast Range.

The main front is now well into central Oregon, but we’ll continue to see chances for scattered showers through the day, mixed with plenty of sun breaks as well. Highs will stay in the low 50s in the Valley and the snow level will stay below 2,000 feet. The threat for showers will end early Tuesday, which could fall as a snow/rain mix all the way to the Valley floor. We’ll see dry weather Tuesday late morning through early Wednesday.

Another storm will move through western Oregon Wednesday, bringing in another round of rain showers and keeping temperatures cool. The snow level will only climb to about 4,000′, keeping this next round of precipitation as all snow across the Cascade passes.

We’ll see showers off and on Thursday which is the first day of spring and highs will stay in the mid-50s. By this weekend high pressure returns keeping us dry Friday through Sunday with highs returning to the upper 50s and low 60s.

Have a great St. Patrick’s Day!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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