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Strong Winter Storm Moving In

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Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:Melissa-Frey-500x500-250x250

The rain totals continue to climb this week as storms have been rolling in about every 24 hours. Eugene is up to 0.92″ of rain on the month so far. The next storm is barreling down on the coast Friday morning. This will be the biggest storm we’ve seen in 2014, coming in the form of a 1-2-3 punch.

The first part of this storm is a warm front moving in Friday afternoon. Here’s how this will impact us:

-COAST: The winds will be breezy from the south at 15-20 mph with gusts to 35 mph. We’ll see mostly clouds skies with rain showers off and on. Highs will top out in the mid 40s.

-VALLEY: The valley will stay mostly cloudy with isolated showers through the evening. Winds will pick up in the afternoon from the south of 15-20 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Highs will top out in the mid 50s

-CASCADES: This portion of the storm is bringing in a warmer air mass which is raising the snow level to around 8,000′ by the end of the day. This means all rain showers for the Cascades passes. Winds will be from the southwest of 10-20 mph and highs will top out in the low 40s.

The second part of this storm is a cold front that will move in early Saturday. This will bring in the strongest winds along with heavy rain and snow. Here’s how this will impact us:

-COAST: The coast is under a High Wind Warning from 4 p.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Saturday. The highest winds will be between midnight and 6 am and again from 2-7 p.m. South winds will increase to 30-45 mph with gusts of 65-75 mph Friday night. The highest winds will begin to taper off Saturday morning, although after 10 a.m. winds will increase again, from the west/southwest at 25-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph. Heavy rain will also fall from late Friday night through Satuday. 1-2″ are expected through Saturday evening. There is also the chance for isolated thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and evening.

-VALLEY: The Valley is under a Wind Advisory from midnight through 10 p.m. Saturday. The highest winds will be from 3-7 a.m. and again 1-6 p.m. South winds will increase to 15-30 mph with gusts of 40-50 mph. We’ll see heavy rain Saturday. Over an inch is expected by Saturday night. There is also the chance for isolated thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and evening.

-CASCADES: The Cascades are under a Winter Storm Watch from Saturday morning through late Saturday night. The snow level will drop from 7,000′ Saturday morning to 3,500′ by noon and as low as 2,500′ by Saturday night. The passes will see 12-18″ and the ski resorts will see 18-30″. Winds will also be strong Saturday creating blowing snow. We’ll see w/sw winds of 20-35 mph with gusts of 50 mph Saturday afternoon.

Showers will continue through Sunday but by Monday we’re on track to dry out through Thursday.

Have  a great weekend and batten down the hatches!

~Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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