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The Dry Start to 2013 Comes to an End

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METEOROLOGIST MELISSA FREY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:

This roller coaster ride continues all week! We’ve gone from the 30s to the 50s to the 40s, now we’re headed back to the 50s before seeing a return to the 30s.

After a dry weekend, a cold front moved in early Monday bringing back clouds and rain showers across western Oregon. Temperatures are still holding on the warm side though as we continue to stay south of the jet stream. Highs will be near 52 in Eugene with lows only falling to the mid 40s.

The showers will taper off Monday afternoon as a ridge of high pressure approaches from the west. This will keep us warm and mostly dry Tuesday with highs in the low 50s.

The warm air won’t stay for long though, as the jet stream drops straight south, bringing in cold arctic air for Wednesday. The freezing level will drop from about 3,500 feet Wednesday morning to 2,500 feet Wednesday night, then down to 1,000 feet by Thursday morning.

An area of low pressure will drop down from Alaska Wednesday which will bring rain Wednesday morning and a wintery mix Thursday through Saturday.

It’s likely that the valley will see at least snow/rain mix during the day Thursday and Friday, with chances for sticking snow overnight Thursday night and Friday night.

The hills above 1,000 feet will see sticking accumulating snow from Thursday morning through Saturday. The Cascades will see over a foot of snow by the end of the week.

Stay tuned this week and we’ll keep you updated on the snow level and possibility for snow on the valley floor.

Have a Monday!
-Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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