CHIEF METEOROLOGIST JUSTIN STAPLETON’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:
Clouds continue to break up overnight into Friday and with the clearer skies, I’m expecting lows to fall into the low 30s and likely below freezing in outlying areas for the morning. A Frost Advisory has been posted for the Umpqua Basin down through the Rogue Valley through 8am.
Friday will be the inverse of Thursday: More sunshine early on in the day with clouds returning in the afternoon and evening. A cold front brings rain showers for early Saturday, mainly pre-dawn through 8-9am. Then its going to be cool and showery with occasional sun breaks for both Saturday and Sunday. None of this weekend’s rain looks very heavy but there will be some brief strong down pours at times. Expect highs to be unseasonably cool only into the low to mid 50s, because the airmass is coming in from the Gulf of Alaska.
With the cold air, snow levels will be dropping to Pass level by Saturday and down to approximately 3000 feet late Sunday and Monday. Central Oregon may see some light snow flurries with a light 2-4″ of snow at Pass level and above through the weekend.
Next week the rain scoots out of the picture by late Monday and we should stay dry and partly sunny with a better chance to get temperatures rebounding back into the 60s by midweek.
Have a great Friday!
Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
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