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Sunnier Days Ahead

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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:  

A couple of thunderstorms have been popping up in the Cascades this evening, but that’s about the only rain chances we’ve seen so far. We’ll see a few isolated showers popping through Western Oregon through the night with a few showers holding on into early Thursday morning. Lows tonight will be cool again in the mid 40s.

Tomorrow, the storms are gone and the sun returns (for the most part). High pressure starts to break up the trough and we’ll be left with cloudy starts and mostly sunny skies for both Thursday and Friday. Highs will be warmer, back in the 70s. Even though there’s no major storm, the Pacific Northwest will still be under some influence of the jet stream coming up out of the SW. What that’ll mean is a chance for afternoon thunderstorms and showers to fire up each day, however, it’s a small chance that any of those will drift westward into the valley.

The weekend still carries some questions as to how cloudy it will remain in the afternoons. Some weather models are hinting at an upper level disturbance moving through the state on Saturday, which if it develops would keep us cloudy and likely cooler in the 60s. So we’ll keep a close watch, otherwise, fans heading to Heyward Field for the Pre Classic or Beaver backers heading up to Howe for the baseball regionals, will stay dry.

Next week, a larger high pressure ridge starts to nudge closer to the coast, which should put all of the state under mostly sunny skies and warm things up as well.

Have a great Wednesday night!

– Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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