Stormy Weekend on the Way

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Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:

High pressure has returned to western Oregon! The clouds have cleared out, but the fog has moved in. The visibility in Eugene dropped to a quarter of a mile this morning, and we even squeezed out .01″ of precipitation from this fog.  We’ll be back to sunny skies this afternoon once the fog clears. Highs should make it to 60°. It should be a perfect evening for High School football and for the Beavs taking on USC.

Today will be the last dry day for the next 7-day stretch. A rather large storm moves in Saturday. This cold front will bring in heavy rainfall, strong winds, and snow above 3,000 feet.

The rain will begin early Saturday morning. The valley should see at least half of an inch by Saturday afternoon with twice that much at the coast. The coast will also see winds gusting to near 45 mph. The freezing level will start out at near 5,000 feet Saturday, but will fall to 3,000 feet before Sunday morning. The higher elevations in the Cascades will likely pick up 2-4 inches of snow by Saturday afternoon with up to 2 feet by Monday morning.

Rain showers will continue across western Oregon Sunday through Thursday with at least 2 more storms headed our way. We’ll also see a much cooler air mass move in from the north. This will drop high temperatures to the low 50s beginning Sunday.

Enjoy today before the rain and chilly temps return!

~Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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