Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:
After a short break from the rain on Sunday, it’s back to soggy weather Monday which will stick with us most of this week.
The first of three storms to move through western Oregon showed up along the north Coast overnight. This storm brought in winds of over 60 mph to the Coast and over 30 mph in the Valley. The high wind advisories and warnings for this storm have expired west of the Cascades, but will continue for Central Oregon through 1 p.m.
The precipitation will increase from north to south through the afternoon as this cold front moves through. Elevations above 4,000 feet are seeing snow. 5-10” can be expected near Willamette and Santiam Passes through tonight. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Cascades of Lane County through 10 p.m. tonight.
Showers will taper off tonight. Highs will stay in the low to mid 50s for most of western Oregon and will drop to the low to mid 40s overnight.
The break from the rain Sunday allowed most rivers to recede before these coming storms. The Coquille River is in “minor flood” stage at Coquille and the Willamette River at Harrisburg and Corvallis are in “Action Stage” which is one step below minor flooding. Most rivers should fair okay this week, but for the latest river levels in Oregon click here.
The next storm gets here on Tuesday and will bring in another round of strong winds and heavy rain to all of western Oregon. The Valley can expect winds from the south of 20-25 mph and gusts to 40 mph Tuesday, with even stronger winds along the Coast. Valley locations will see 0.50-1.00” of rain Tuesday while the Coast will likely see over an inch.
We’ll be in between storms Wednesday, but showers will likely continue, falling as snow above 2,500 feet.
The final storm of this week arrives Thursday, bringing in another round of rain and mountain snow. Highs will fall to the upper 40s in the Valley and low 50s for the Coast.
By Friday a ridge of high pressure should block any other storms from moving in, keeping us dry and at least partly sunny through the weekend.
Have a great Day!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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