Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Wednesday Night Forecast Discussion:
**Wildfire information: Oregon Wildfires ***
Thunderstorms fired up across Southern Oregon on Wednesday with an additional small wildfire starting near the Douglas Complex but it was being contained by crews at the scene. As for the rest of tonight, the showers, yes, actual showers that moved across the Willamette Valley have broken up, leaving some good breaks in the clouds. Marine clouds will fill in again for an overcast early Thursday.
Thursday the best threat for thunderstorms will again fire across the Rogue Valley, with some isolated strong thunderstorms in the Cascades. Valley locations should see more sunshine before the clouds (and maybe isolated showers) return later in the evening with the leftovers from thunderstorms in the mountains. Highs will be back to the upper 70s and low 80s. Friday sees the storm center lifting back into Oregon from Northern California. That will trigger more storms in the mountains and give the best chance for the valley to see some thunder and certainly a good potential for showers overnight into Saturday.
By the weekend, there are some questions about where the location of the low will be. Some models have it sliding up the Oregon coast bringing showers and cloudy skies for most of Western Oregon. If it sticks around through the weekend, it’ll be the first time in a while that we’ve had mutiple chances for rain.
Have a great Thursday!
– Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
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