Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:
Happy Winter! It’s been a long time coming, but we’ve finally arrived. We’ve seen over two tenths of an inch of rain everyday for the past three days, now up to .80″ on the month. That’s more than we had in the last 29 days of December. Not only was Wednesday the wettest day so far in 2014, it was also the warmest! Eugene hit 53° before a cold front moved in, dropping temperatures in the second half of the day.
The next front is moving through western Oregon Thursday afternoon. This is bringing in another round of rain to western Oregon and another 1-4″ of snow across the Cascades.
The rain will let up some Friday, but not entirely. We’ll continue to be mostly cloudy as the first part of a much larger storm system that will impact us this weekend moves through. A warm front will bring in mild temperatures along with another round of rain showers, even across the Cascade passes. The snow level will climb from 3,500 feet today to 7,000 feet Friday night. Highs in the valley will climb to the low 50s with lows in the mid 40s.
We’ll kick off the weekend with the largest storm we’ll see all week. Heavy rain and breezy winds will start early in the day. The coast could see winds in excess of 50 mph. Gusts to 30 mph are expected in the valley. This storm will also bring in colder air, dropping the snow level to at least 3,000′ by Saturday night. This storm will be another big snow maker for the Cascades. The passes and ski resorts are looking at 1-2 feet by Sunday morning.
Showers will continue through Sunday but by Monday we’re on track to dry out for at least a fewdays.
Have a great day and happy Winter!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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