Justin’s Thursday Night Forecast Discussion:
What a change in the weather today as the marine clouds came in early this morning, thick as pea soup, and stuck around through mid-afternoon. As a result, we saw mid 60s for highs, the coolest we’ve been since mid June!
As the low gets closer to shore, Friday will see a repeat of the clouds spreading inland pre-dawn and stubbornly sticking through most of the afternoon. We’ll see some late afternoon breaks but I’ve chopped the highs back again to near 70 for the entire valley and low 70s in the Umpqua Basin.
The low finally moves inland this weekend, which will keep the clouds around for both Saturday (the first day of Fall starting at 7:49am by the way!) and Sunday but we should be able to break out some afternoon sun a little easier because the winds will be moving NNE by late Saturday. But I’m not expecting highs to rebound much, staying in the low 70s. Duck fans will need an extra layer for a 7:30 pm kickoff against Arizona. Second half temps will fall into the upper 50s quickly.
Another item to watch for is the southerly winds moving around the low may fire up some late weekend thunderstorms in the mountains. Best chance for that will be on Saturday and Sunday. Most will stay in Central Oregon but we may see one or two slip into the Valley late Saturday and early Sunday.
Pole Creek Wildfire Update:
The Pole Creek wildfire complex is burning more than 24,000 acres near Sisters. It is close to 40% containment but there is a chance for more lightning strikes with isolated thunderstorms expected this weekend. For more information, click here: Pole Creek
Have a great Friday!
Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
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