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Time To Dry Out (For Now Anyway)

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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:  

Showers are slowly wrapping up tonight as we are seeing the finish line in terms of the rainy days and some drier weather should be moving in just in time for the weekend forecast! Overnight, most areas will see some light rain to steady drizzle, turning more isolated by Friday morning. Lows will hold in the upper 30s.

Friday, a high pressure ridge (finally) starts to block the stream of storms by wedging itself just off the NW coastline. I’m still thinking we’re cloudy for part of the day Friday with the soggy ground and some isolated showers in the AM, but am also expecting to see partly sunny skies by the afternoon. Highs will be a little slow to warm because of the wet ground and clouds but will get back to around 50. The one fly in the ointment might be if skies clear overnight Friday, inland valleys might see dense fog develop and with light winds Saturday, might be stuck in the fog all day. Hopefully everyone can get some sun and some MUCH needed drying time Saturday and Sunday.

Next week, Monday carries a small chance for some light showers with a weak system near the coast, otherwise, dry Tuesday and then its back to the showers midweek. Highs will be milder though in the mid 50s for the valleys, pushing 60s in the Umpqua.

Rivers continue to be swollen with the heavy rain over the past week. We do expect all rivers to fall some over the weekend but if you would like to track the current and forecasted level of your local river from the National Weather Service: River Gauges

Have a great Thursday night!

- Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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