“Rain Train” Is Back On The Tracks

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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion: 

The past two days have looked much more familiar to Western Oregon residents: showers with mild temperatures and some snow (finally!) starting to blanket parts of the Cascades. Tonight, we’ll see the showers slowly taper off as the next storm will be working its way closer to the coast on Wednesday. Temperatures will stay mild with overnight lows falling only into the low 40s.

Winter Weather Advisories have been posted for the northern half of the Cascades ahead of the next storm Wednesday evening into Thursday. Snow levels will drop to 4000 feet allowing around 3-6″ of snow in the mountains. 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 and highs hovering around the mid to upper 40s.

Friday Night/Saturday’s storm looks to be the strongest of this young year bringing strong winds along the coast by Saturday and breezy conditions inland to start the weekend. Heavy rain is also likely Saturday with more than 1-2 feet of snow at the ski resorts. This is a huge positive first step to getting some of the area resorts, including Willamette Pass and Hoodoo to finally open for the winter. We’ll continue to monitor the storm as it develops.

Have a great Wednesday!

– Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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