Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:
The winter blast has come to an end, but the clean-up has just begun. Nearly 15,000 customers are still without power here in western Oregon Monday morning, many of which have been without power for 2-3 days.
This series of storms brought in 8.7” of snow and 0.5” of ice officially at the Eugene Airport. The water equivalent of that is 2.04”. That’s the most precipitation we’ve seen in 130 days!
In terms of snowfall, that was the most we’ve seen in one month in 24 years! The last time we saw that much snow in Eugene was back in February of 1990. We picked up 8.8” that month. Of course this is not the most snow that Eugene has ever seen though, that was back in 1969 when we got 47.1” of snow that January.
High temperatures returned to the mid to upper 30s Sunday, only dropped to the low to mid 30s overnight and will be back to the low 40s Monday. For the central and southern Willamette Valley it’s back to plain rain showers today. The only spots to see freezing rain will be the Portland metro area which will see light freezing rain early in the day.
Our temperatures are going to continue to warm up with each day. Most spots in the Willamette Valley will be back to the 50s by Wednesday. The main concern for this week will be localized flooding from the melting snow and ice along with rain on the way.
The storms are lined up one after the other this week which will keep the rain going all the way into the weekend.
Tuesday will start out dry for the most part, but heavy rain will return in the second half of the day. This storm will also bring in strong winds, especially for the Coast, Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Have a great day, stay dry and good luck with the clean-up this week!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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