Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:
Eugene dropped to 14° this morning! Not only does this set a new record low for 12/5, but this is the coldest Eugene has seen in 4 years! Highs today will only climb a few degrees above freezing, then it’s back to the mid 20s again tonight.
An area of low pressure is making its way down the coast of British Columbia, headed for western Oregon Friday. This storm doesn’t have much moisture since it’s coming from the northeastern Pacific, but it does have enough to bring snow to much of western Oregon. This storm is also running into an extremely cold air mass where the snow level is already at the surface, plus it will also bring in another round of cold air with it. All that to say, it’s not a matter of whether we’ll be cold enough for snow, just how much moisture this storm will have, who will see it and at what time.
The current path takes this storm inland after midnight near Newport, then into the Southern Oregon Cascades. It’s likely we’ll see snow on the Coast from Newport south, in the Valley from Albany south, including the Umpqua Basin, and the Cascades from Santiam Pass south. Snow showers should begin after 4 a.m. and continue through lunch time.
Here’s current snowfall total predictions:
Coast: rain/snow mix with 1-2″ just inland.
Coast Range: 1-3″
South Valley: 1-4″
Lane County Foothills: 2-4″
Lane County Cascades: 2-5″
Umpqua Basin: 2-5″
Douglas County Foothills (above 1,500′): 3-5″
Behind this storm it’s back to dry and still chilly weather Friday night. We’ll stay sunny and cold through the weekend with highs in the mid to upper 20s Saturday and lows in the single digits and teens Saturday night. Sunday and Monday we should get above freezing during the day for a few hours, but still into the teens and 20s overnight.
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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