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Rain Returns to the Forecast

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Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:

Happy New Year! 2014 is starting out fairly quiet, not unlike most of 2013. The biggest news of last year was the lack of rainfall. Eugene only picked up 21.19″ of rain, that is nearly 25″ below normal, making 2013 the driest year ever recorded in Eugene and the records go back to 1890. Ironically September was the wettest month on record, but couldn’t make up for the fact that every other month was drier than average.

We do have rain in the forecast though. A weak cold front will move in from the northwest late tonight. We’ll stay mostly sunny through the afternoon, but clouds will increase tonight. The rain should hold off until just before sunrise and will likely wrap up early Friday morning. I’m expecting less than a tenth of an inch for the southern Willamette Valley. Saturday will start out foggy and chilly with lows falling to the upper 20s Friday night, but otherwise dry. The fog should clear mid day for a mostly sunny afternoon.

Sunday will be similar but the rain returns Monday. A few small storms will move through early next week keeping the showers going through Wednesday. Highs will stay in the mid 40s with lows in the mid 30s. Most of the precipitation will fall as snow above 4,000′ by Tuesday.

~Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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