Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:
The rain has been falling almost nonstop since 10 a.m. Tuesday and now Eugene is up to .67″ in that time. This is the most rain we’ve seen in two weeks and the second most rain we’ve seen this month. It was a warm front that brought in the rain and mild temperatures Tuesday and now that front is transitioning to a cold front. The cold front will bring in a colder air mass, breezy winds and more rain.
The heaviest band of rain has past, although we’ll continue to see scattered showers, some of which could be heavy through this evening. The winds have also picked up with the cold front to around 15 mph in the Valley and in the mid 30s along the Coast.
The snow level started out above 6,000′ today, but will drop throughout the day. We’ll see the rain change to snow at the passes midday and eventually the snow level will drop down to 3,000 overnight. It’ll drop even further Friday to around 2,500′. Willamette and Santiam Pass should pick up 2-4″ tonight and another 2″ Thursday. Snow showers will continue off and on through Friday night.
Behind the cold front today we’ll see an area of low pressure drop in from the north Thursday, followed by another disturbance Friday. This will keep the showers going through Friday night. Highs will stay in the mid to upper 40s all week in the valley, upper 40s and low to mid 50s on the Coast and upper 40s and low 50s in the Umpqua Basin.
This weekend we’ll see dry weather across the state with at least partly sunny skies.
Have a great day!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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