Justin’s Wednesday Night Forecast Discussion:
Broken skies are re-appearing again tonight as temperatures fall back into the low 40s and eventually upper 30s. Some light drizzle at times may be possible but overall, we’re starting to head back to a dry end to a very dry January.
The ridge of high pressure is on the move and will settle inland for most of the weekend forecast. While that means a return to sunny afternoons for both the coast and mountains (and warmer afternoons back into the 50s), the warm air aloft will likely set up another inland surface inversion. Here in the Willamette valley we may see more dense fog set up for both Friday and Saturday as the cold air becomes trapped near the surface and thus the low clouds keep the valley under a “London-like” fog. Staying positive though, we should be able to get some partly sunny skies by the weekend with highs holding in the mid to upper 40s.
While this will go down as one of the top 5 driest January months ever with less than 1.50″ of rain total, the ski resorts are all smiles after all of them saw more than a foot of snow over the past three days! Into next week, a smaller storm should clean out some of the dense valley fog and bring rain chances back into the picture by next Wednesday.
Have a great Thursday!
Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
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