Storm Train Is Rolling On

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Justin’s Weekend Forecast Discussion: 

More showers and some heavy rain coming overnight tonight with the second strong wave of rain spinning off a powerful low pressure system in the Gulf of Alaska.  Strong southerly winds will keep lows mild in the upper 40s tonight and we’ll end Friday and start Saturday on the wet side.

Saturday afternoon, rain tapers off to scattered showers but the next wave that looks the strongest will be Saturday late night into Sunday. That storm may also bring back the high winds at the coast and inland early Sunday. Cold air rushing in with that system will drop the snow lines below the Passes to around 3500 feet. The Cascades are under a Winter Weather Watch for Saturday and Sunday. Snow estimates may put 10-20 inches of fresh snow at the ski reorts! Travel over the Passes by Sunday will be very slippery.

Next week starts with a dry day on Monday but plenty of rain is headed back for Tuesday and Wednesday. We may not see the next break until Thursday of next week. As for flooding, the Coquille river near Bandon is forecast to go above flood stage by late tonight and produce some minor flooding of the surrounding area. For more information on the river gauge and the forecasts (which will adjust each day), click here: NWS River Forecast 

Have a great weekend!

Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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