Rain & Mountain Snow Moving Back In

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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion: 

It’s about to return to a much more familiar pattern for Western Oregon as storms will line up about every 24 hours bringing rain inland and some much needed inches of snow for mountain ski resorts. Tonight, the first and weakest of waves of rain will push through. Light showers overnight will greet most kids as the last of the area schools open back for the new year Tuesday. Lows tonight will stay above freezing in the lower elevations, thus rain and no threat for a wintry mix.

Most of this week, the jet stream will help funnel multiple storms across the Northwest as the strong ridge of high pressure breaks down and heads east. The two strongest waves look to blast through Thursday and then again on Saturday. Otherwise, we’ll see scattered showers with occasional sun breaks. The Cascades will receive some much needed snow, about 3-7″ by Thursday and likely more early this weekend with the strongest wave coming through by Saturday.

Best shot of dry time will be Friday as we wait for the bigger storm into the weekend. Highs most of the week will hold in the mid to upper 40s and overnight lows staying mainly above freezing.

Have a great Tuesday!

– Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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