Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Evening Forecast Discussion:
Mild going into the overnight hours ahead of the main line of rain (read: cold front), and a chance for some light sprinkles and a quick shower overnight as the storm gets closer. Winds will start to pick up in intensity overnight as the front gets closer. Coastal winds will increase to around 15-25mph overnight and closer to 35-45mph early Thursday morning. Lows will remain very mild in the mid to low 50s.
The heaviest rain with the cold front will hit the coast around sunrise, moving through the inland valleys late morning and early afternoon. We’ll see scattered showers on and off with a break or two late in the afternoon. In the mountains, it will start off as rain, changing over to snow later in the day. Snow levels, that will rise to 7500 feet tomorrow, will crash down to approximately 4000 feet Thursday and Friday morning. Passes will see a couple of inches of accumulating snow, but it will be slushy at best and I don’t expect the roads to be very affected.
Through the weekend, its more wet weather overall, but there will be some breaks on Saturday and Sunday with highs in the mid 50s. Another front looks to stall out just along the S WA coastline concentrating showers along the NW Oregon coast before sagging south across Western Oregon Monday through Wednesday which will ensure more wet weather for early next week. If the front hangs up a little further south, we may see showers on Sunday as well. We’ll fine tune that scenario once we get through the storm tomorrow.
Have a great Thursday!
– Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
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