More Wind & Rain Thursday

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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:  

A good soaker of a Wednesday with around half an inch of rain in Eugene, more than 1″ at the coast and there’s more coming tonight through Thursday with a 1-2 punch of two windy fronts. Overnight, rain will taper off for a few hours to scattered showers, then the next front slams into the coast pre-dawn Thursday. With the warm, humid air still moving in overnight, lows will sit in the 50s.

The next 24 hours will see more strong winds with the storms coming through. High Wind Warnings have been posted for the coast through Thursday afternoon. Wind gusts could top 45-50mph at the coast, 30-35mph inland. Strongest winds will be early Thursday morning before the cold front arrives, then a second shot of wind after the front mainly in the early afternoon.  Mountains will also see some light accumulating snow but it’ll be slushy so not the best skiing snow. In addition, Avalanche Warnings are posted for the Northern end of the Cascades as loose snow spots are likely.

By Friday, a small ridge of high pressure starts to push the rain out of the forecast for about 24 hours. Highs will again be milder than average, in the upper 50s and low 60s. The weekend will have a taste of spring with warm air pumping in on Saturday ahead of another potent storm Sunday. Highs may be pushing into the low to mid 60s, even higher if we can get some afternoon sunshine after a cloudy morning. Snow lines will be above pass level most of the week, ensuring mainly showers with some light slushy snow for mountain travelers.

Have a great Wednesday night!

– Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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