Winter Rain and Mountain Snow is Back

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Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:

The rain (and mountain snow) is back and it’s here to stay! In the past two weeks we’ve only had two days with rain, amounting to a total of .07″, that was until last night. In just eight hours we picked up more that three times that much, a nice .25″. Now by Eugene’s normal standards in January, even a quarter of an inch isn’t very impressive. In fact .23″ is our “normal” daily precipitation amount for this time of year.

We’re going to continue to add to the rainfall totals all week. The jet stream is headed right into western Oregon which means any storms that develop in the Pacific are headed our direction. There are currently four on the horizon which will all bring in rain to the lower elevations and snow to the Cascades.

The next storm on deck is a small front that will move in this afternoon. We’ll see isolated showers before then with heavier rain later this afternoon. Our temperatures will stay mild with highs in the mid 40s with lows in the low 40s. The snow level will fall from 6,000 feet Tuesday morning to 5,000 feet Tuesday night and then on down to 4,000 feet Wednesday night.

The rain will switch back to scattered showers Wednesday morning but another storm will move through Wednesday night. This will bring in heavier rain Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The rest of Thursday and most of Friday we’ll be in between storms. We’ll stay mostly cloudy though with just light isolated showers and highs in the mid to upper 40s and lows in the upper 30s.

We’ll kick off the weekend with yet another cold front. This looks to be the strongest storm of the week and will bring heavy rain, breezy winds and snow to the Cascades passes. Showers will continue through Sunday. Monday looks to be the driest of the next seven day stretch with partly sunny skies.

Have  a great day and keep that rain gear handy!


~Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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