The image above is the forecast rainfall totals for the next 5 days. The Willamette Valley is looking at close to five inches of rain, Southern Oregon and the Coast will likely see even more. The most rain will be in the southern part of the state and into Northern California, where the could see over a foot of rain in the next five days.
METEOROLOGIST MELISSA FREY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:
The first in a long series of storms that will impact western Oregon moved on-shore Thursday morning.
This cold front brought heavy rain and strong winds for the first half of the day. Many locations picked up between half an inch and an inch of rain in just the first six hours of the day. The highest wind gust was up at Mary’s Peak where the winds reached 76 mph at 6:30 a.m. Winds along the central coast gusted to near 45 mph. Temperatures will stay in the low 50s this afternoon, falling to the mid 40s overnight.
The rain won’t be quite as heavy or the winds as strong for the second half of the day, but it will continue to be wet and breezy through this evening.
The jet stream is headed right into western Oregon and we have at least five storms that will move through the central Pacific and then straight into western Oregon. This will leave little time for any sunshine or extended dry weather over the next week.
Friday and Saturday we’ll see scattered showers with highs in the low 50s and lows in the mid 40s. Heavier rain is set to arrive Sunday along with cooler temperatures. Highs will struggle to hit 50 and lows will drop to the upper 30s and low 40s.
By Monday we should see a few breaks in the rain, but storms are lined up for Tuesday and Wednesday, making rainfall totals for the next 7 days very impressive.
-Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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