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Winter Storm This Weekend

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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion: 

No travel concerns for Thanksgiving tonight, albeit from some early morning patchy fog in the inland valleys. It will be chilly out in line for the Black Friday openings if you are heading out for the night, lows will be in the low 30s. If you’d like to check out the roads before you head out, click here for the latest roads conditions from ODOT: TRIPCHECK 

Friday will also stay dry with mostly cloudy skies and highs around 48 or so for kickoff for the Ducks and Beavs in this year’s Civil War game at 4pm. Heading into the weekend, though, changes are on the way. In fact, we’ll see our first rain chances in well over two weeks (except the trace amounts from freezing fog) late Saturday into Sunday with a storm coming in the from the Gulf of Alaska.

Indications are for a major shift in the weather next week, cold air plunging south into the Northwest, along with storm systems from Sunday through Tuesday. Saturday night will see the return of some light coastal showers with sprinkles in the valleys. By Sunday, scattered showers on and off, picking up with intensity by the evening hours. Rain will change over to snow in the Cascades, leading to inches of snow piling up at Pass level. Late Sunday evening travelers will need to prepare for rapidly changing winter conditions. Snow lines are forecast to fall into the foothills and maybe push below 1000 feet by late Monday. There should be enough moisture left over for some flurries and/or snow to push close to the valley floor Monday and Tuesday. I don’t see anything accumulating, but it will be the lowest we’ve seen snow in about two seasons.

What will really jar folks headed back to work will be the very cold and dry weather that moves in after the rain/snow: Highs will struggle to hit freezing inland Wed/Thu and overnight lows will plummet into the low 20s and teens. In fact, we might be seeing record setting cold next week, stay tuned!

Have a great Friday!

- Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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