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Winter Weather Arrives

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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion: 

A surface low rolling down the coast tonight is triggering some light snow showers across the northern end of the state, but as it heads south, there may be enough moisture to fire up some flurries overnight tonight. Cloudy skies have also kept temperatures above freezing. Throughout the rest of the night though, drier air is moving southward on the I-5 which should help break up the clouds and drop lows to around freezing tomorrow morning.

Starting tomorrow the colder air takes hold with sunny skies, frost on the cars in the morning, and cold, dry nights. Highs will struggle to make it into the low to mid 30s and we may spend only a few hours each day above freezing. Clear skies will ensure a rapid drop off in temperatures soon after sunset. This will really have an impact on any potted plants and certainly outdoor pets.

We’ve made some changes to the forecast for the next couple of days regarding our potential to see some light snow showers on Thursday night and again on Friday. An upper level low pressure system will drop in across the state and pull some moisture in off the ocean. Because the air will be cold enough, anything that falls will likely be snow. One batch moves across the southern end of the state Thursday night, while the second wave heads (right now anyway) through the central coast and Lane to Linn/Benton Co. It’s not a huge snowmaker but the ground should be cold enough for it to stick. Icy roads overnight will likely become an issue.

The weekend forecast is going to start off mighty tricky. An approaching storm will move through on Saturday. Because of the dense, cold air in place, the initial wave of the storm may fall as either snow or snow changing to freezing rain before turning to all rain late Saturday into Sunday. It’s too early to say how much or who sees which exactly, but we’ll be watching this potential winter storm very closely over the next couple of days.

Have a great Tuesday night!

- Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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