CHIEF METEOROLOGIST JUSTIN STAPLETON’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:
Spring officially kicks off early Wednesday morning in the Northwest, 4:02 am to be exact. But it won’t seem very spring-like (certainly not like the 60s we saw last week) as a strong winter storm will be slamming across Western Oregon Wednesday.
Wednesday morning will see the strongest wind and rain as the cold front will move through. High wind warnings are up for the south Oregon coastline through 8am. Wind gusts could top 50-60 mph at times at the beaches. Inland, it’ll be breezy through most of the morning with wind gusts exceeding 25-35 mph. Heavy rain will taper off to showers by the afternoon, but cool again with highs only reaching the low 50s.
Snow lines will be falling throughout the day from above the Passes early to around 2000 to 1500 feet by late evening. Lower elevations may see a few inches of snow while Pass travel and ski resorts will see a good blast of 5-10″.
Thursday into Friday, we’ll be on the backside of another storm carving through Eastern Washington. That will keep highs chilly in the upper 40s and low 50s and scattered showers and sun breaks both days. Because of the cold nature of the airmass in place, snow lines will remain low near 1500 feet and showers may contain small hail at times especially in the afternoon after some sun breaks help to destabilize the atmosphere a bit.
Going into the weekend, it quiets down a bit with a ripple of high pressure giving some dry time for both Saturday and Sunday.
Have a great first day of Spring!
Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
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