Mild Thanksgiving but Wintry Weekend

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Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:

Happy Thanksgiving! The weather is looking pretty good for just about anything today. A bit chilly in the morning if you’re headed out for one of the turkey trots, but this afternoon it’ll be back to mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 40s.

High pressure is still keeping us dry, but is weakening and moving east. With no other storm able to move into the region, this will leave us with fairly mild weather through Friday. Temperatures will likely drop just above freezing tonight. We’ll continue to stay dry and mostly sunny after morning fog. Highs will return to the upper 40s and low 50s through Friday.

The next storm that moves into western Oregon will bring winter weather with it. This storm is currently in the northern Pacific picking up plenty of moisture. From there it’ll move into northern Canada before dropping into the Pacific Northwest from the north. A set up like this gives the storm potential to bring low elevation snow, but there are still several unknowns.

We’ll see rain starting in western Oregon Saturday night, which will continue off and on through Monday night. This will initially stay as rain across the Cascades passes through Sunday afternoon. Temperatures will start to fall Sunday night and the passes will likely see snow through the evening and again on Monday. It’s very possible that even the lower foothills and Coast Range could see snow with storm. The question, which is often the case with storms like this, is whether or not there will still be any moisture available once the cold air gets to the valley.  Either way, the Cascades will see snow starting Sunday. As for the lower elevations, stay tuned through the weekend for the latest as these details become more available. The most likely time for the valley to see a wintry mix will be Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Have a great Thanksgiving!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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