METEOROLOGIST MELISSA FREY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:
Winter is making a comeback across the Pacific Northwest! We’ve seen below average rainfall 50 out of the last 54 days, making our rainfall for 2013 over eight inches below average.
If you’ve been missing the rain, this is the week for you! We have a chance for at least some rain everyday this week.
A cold front will move through western Oregon this afternoon/evening. We should pick up about a tenth of an inch with this front. The jet stream is headed south and it will take the bulk of the area of low pressure associated with this storm with it. This means most of the rain will stay off shore and to our south Tuesday and Wednesday, but isolated light showers are still likely, bringing in a few hundredths of an inch. Highs will stay in the mid to upper 40s with lows in the mid 30s.
A much colder air mass will also move in with this storm. This will drop snow levels from 3,500 feet to 2,000 by Tuesday and 1,500 feet by Wednesday. The passes will see a couple of inches by Tuesday morning with around an inch in the higher foothills. The cold air aloft will also bring possible thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon.
That is all just the beginning…the end of the week will bring even colder air and more chances for rain as a series of storms move in. The coast may also see some strong winds on Friday. Highs will stay in the low to mid 40s with lows in the low to mid 30s.
Dust of the rain gear!
-Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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