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Winter Weather Moving In

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METEOROLOGIST MELISSA FREY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Temperatures are sitting in the mid 40s and winds are blowing from the south at 10-20 mph, two signs that we are in the calm before the storm.

The north coast started seeing rain early this morning as a cold front moves closer to the Pacific Northwest. This is the storm that we’ve been talking about all week. It’s tapping into cold arctic air while picking up tropical moisture all while the jet stream brings it over the Pacific Northwest.

Here’s how this will break down by time & elevation

Friday:
Coast
: SW winds of 15-30 mph with gusts to 50 mph. Highs will be in the low 50s and we’ll see 0.5-1″ of rain.

Valley/Umpqua/Foothills: SW winds of 15-30 mph. Highs will be in the upper 40s and low 50s and we’ll see 0.5-0.75″ of rain.

Cascades:  SW winds of 15-25 mph with gusts to 40 mph. The snow level will peak at 4,000′ midday and fall to 1,000′ by late Friday/early Saturday. Elevations near 4,000 feet will see 3-7″ Today, with much more on the way for tonight.

Friday PM – Saturday PM:
Coast
: Winds will die down at the coast but rain showers will continue off and on Saturday.

Foothills: The freezing level will fall to 1,000′ late Friday. This will bring snow even to the lower foothills. Elevations near 2,000′ can expect 6-12″ and elevations near 1,000′ can expect 2-6″ of snow by Saturday mid day.

Valley/Umpqua: The valley floor will see a snow/rain mix off and on starting Friday night and continuing through Saturday.

Cascades:  Elevations near the passes and ski resorts will continue to see the snow piling up. By the time this storm is done, they will see 15-30″.

The showers will wind down Saturday night, and most of Sunday is looking dry. The next storm isn’t far behind though, we’ll see storms on Monday and again Wednesday.

Have a great day!
-Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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