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The Big Thaw: Arctic Blast is Over

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Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:

Happy Friday! We made it through the snow, ice and deep freeze! The big thaw began last night and by tomorrow we’ll hardly know it ever snowed 6-8″ in the Southern Willamette Valley.

Today was the first time in 12 days that we stayed above freezing overnight. Our low was just 35° which is one above average for this time of year.

High temperatures will also be back closer to normal in the mid 40s. A ridge of high pressure is moving in over the Pacific Northwest. We’re beginning to see not only high pressure, keeping us clear and dry, but we’re also seeing that mild Pacific air instead of the chilly arctic air that had been with us since the beginning of the month.

Saturday we’ll likely start with fog in the valley, otherwise mostly sunny and dry. Highs will be in the low 40s in the valley, mid 40s in the Umpqua and low 50s along the coast. Temperatures will warm a few more degrees Sunday and we’ll stay dry through Wednesday.

Enjoy this dry and much warmer weekend!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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