Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:
The chilly arctic air is here and will stay for the remainder of the week. Temperatures fell to the mid 20s in the Willamette Valley, single digits in central Oregon and even below freezing along the coast this morning.
Wednesday will be dry, partly sunny and cold. High temperatures will only make it to the mid 30s before dropping to the low 20s tonight. Thursday will be even colder with highs barely making it above freezing.
The jet stream is just barely clipping south western Oregon and will allow a storm to move in across the southern part of the state Thursday. This will likely fall as snow even to the valley floor. Best chances for snow will be from the central valley to the Umpqua Basin and into the southern Oregon Cascades. The southern Willamette Valley and Umpqua Basin can expect .5-3″ with more in the foothills and 4-8″ in the Cascades.
A stornger storm will move in Friday afternoon, delivering a 1-2 punch. This will also be mainly over the southern half of the state before moving north late in the day. We’ll see another round of snow showers Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. This storm does have significant mosture, but will also be much warmer. This means initially we’ll likely see a combination of snow, freezing rain and/or sleet before it all changes to rain by late Saturday. The valley will likely see another 2-5″ Friday with 5-10″ in the Cascades. More will fall early Saturday before it changes to rain late Saturday.
Stay tuned to the Stormtracker 9 Weather team throughout the week and we’ll refine the details of this winter weather as these storms get closer.
Have a great day and bundle up!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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