Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:
Despite the fog and damp conditions, we’re significantly warmer than last week. Highs have been in the mid 40s with lows in the mid 30s, this is very typical for this time of year. What’s not typical is our lack of rain. So far we’ve only seen 1.33″ of rain this month, which is nearly 3″ below average. Its not just December that is dry though, 2013 is currently the driest year ever recorded in Eugene.
The ridge of high pressure keeping us dry and mild will move east tonight and a small storm will move in from the northwest. This will bring in light scattered showers Wednesday morning. Behind this storm we’ll see a drop in temperatures and a drop in the snow level. We could a few snow showers down to 1,500 feet overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning.
Thursday will be dry but chilly. We’ll start out in the upper 20s and stay in the upper 30s with dry but foggy conditions. The showers will return Friday. Depending on how fast the showers get here, and how cold we still are at that time, a wintry mix is possible early in the day. However, this front will bring in a much warmer air mass and we’ll warm to the low 40s midday.
Scattered showers will stick with us Friday and Saturday. Highs will be in the mid 40s with overnight lows in the mid 30s. Winter officially begins Saturday, December 21st at 9:11 a.m.
Have a great day!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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