Justin’s Tuesday Night Forecast Discussion:
Quieting down overnight before the next wave moves another winter storm across Western Oregon. Some good breaks in the clouds will help temperatures fall into the mid to low 30s. Expect a foggy start to the first part of Wednesday. Showers and snow above 2000 feet will start again by late afternoon into the evening. Not much in the way of accumulating snow, an inch or two at the Passes, but wintry over the next couple of days if you’re headed over the mountains.
The real storm is poised to blast in on Friday. This is one of the better looking storms we’ve seen so far in 2013 and will have all the usual winter storm cast of characters: gusty winds at the coast, heavy rain, and gobs of mountain snow. I’m expecting the bulk of it to slam into the coast by Friday afternoon and evening. Early estimates for snow may see a foot of new powder in the Northern Cascades, 6″ or more at the Passes by Saturday morning. With the cold air slamming in with the storm, there’s a slight chance we might see some flurries make it down close to the valley floor early Saturday.
Even if we don’t, the weekend will be a raw one, with highs in the low 40s and showers on and off with occasional sun breaks. The real benefactors from the snow will be the ski resorts who are bracing for a big weekend! The steady stream of storms coming in off the jet stream continues into next week as well.
Have a great Wednesday!
Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
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