Justin’s Weekend Forecast Discussion:
Parts of Douglas county and most of Central Oregon are under a Winter Storm Warnings until 10am Saturday. Pass level and above will see 6″ or more through Saturday with Bend/Redmond area seeing a possible 3-5″. Travelers headed southbound on I-5 into Northern California need to be extra careful- heavy snowfall has shut down the interstate Friday night for a few hours.
The rest of the weekend, we stay showery and cool with a strong upper level low generating waves of rain into the Northwest. That means showers and breaks at times on Saturday and Sunday with plenty of mountain snow at the Passes and a few inches in the foothills as snow lines will hold near 2000 feet.
Right now, it appears a nice ridge of high pressure tries to bring some drier weather in time for Santa Monday night and early Christmas Day on Tuesday. Another strong system will bring more wind and rain for the latter half of Christmas Day and the rest of the week. We’ll be watching as we go through the next couple of days. If you’re traveling, remember to always have a kit ready for wintery conditions, especially if you’re headed into the mountains.
Have a great weekend!
Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
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