Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:
The jet stream has returned from its trip up north and is now bringing storms back into western Oregon. A warm front is making its way across western Oregon Tuesday. The rain started Monday night and most valley locations have seen about a tenth of an inch so far. This light rain will continue through the day and as we head into Wednesday we’ll see the warm front transition into a cold front. When this happens the rain will pick up, as will the winds, and the snow level will begin to drop.
The winds will increase Wednesday morning to around 25 mph in the Valley, 45 mph along the Coast, and 40 mph in the Cascades, we’ll also see heavy rain at this time.
The snow level will hold at about 6,000′ today, so it will be just plain rain over the Cascades Passes, but the snow level will drop to about 4,000′ Wednesday afternoon and eventually about 3,000′ by Wednesday night. This means just plain rain at the passes initially, but it’ll gradually mix with more snow over the next 48 hours. By Wednesday night we could see 3-6″ of snow near the passes.
Showers will continue off and on Wednesday night through Thursday with possibly even a few isolated showers lingering into Friday. Highs will stay in the mid to upper 40s all week in the valley, low to mid 50s on the Coast and low 50s in the Umpqua Basin.
Dust off the rain gear and have a great day!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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