Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:
We’ve seen rain (or snow) 10 out of the past 12 days in western Oregon and although it’s been needed, the break Thursday will also be a good thing.
There are seven rivers in Oregon that are in “action stage”, this is the stage right before minor flooding. None of these rivers including the Mohawk, Willamette (at Harrisburg), Siuslaw, Coquille, McKenzie at Blue River and the Mary’s River at Philomath are expected to reach flood stage this week.
Thursday’s break from the rain should be enough time for most of the rivers to drop, before the next big rain storm hits Thursday night.
Thursday will be partly sunny with highs in the mid-50s, but this break from the rain will be short lived as the next storm will move in from the south Thursday night.
This one will also be a soaker and wind maker. The Oregon Coast is under a High Wind Watch for winds of up to 65 mph late Thursday through Friday morning. The valley will likely see winds of 30-40 mph and the Cascades will see winds over 50mph.
The Rain will be heavy Thursday night, Friday and will continue Saturday. The valley will likely see another 2-4 inches of rainfall by Saturday night while the coast and Coast Range will see an additional 3-5” of rain. The snow level is curently below the passes and the Cascades picked up 1-2″ overnight, but it will warm above freezing at Santiam and Willamette Pass in the afternoon. The snow level will start out at about 7,000 feet Friday, but will drop to 4,500 feet by Friday night and down to 2,500 feet by Sunday morning.
Sunday we’ll see a quick break from the rain before the next storms get here on Monday and Tuesday. Both of these will be big rain makers as well.
Have a great day and enjoy the dry weather while it lasts!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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