METEOROLOGIST MELISSA FREY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:
The storms continue to be lined up back to back. A cold front is making its way across western Oregon, bringing rain to the Coast, Valley and Umpqua Basin, and snow above 2,000 feet. The higher foothills will see 1-2″ of fresh snow today/tonight while the passes will see 4-6″
The biggest storm of the week will hold off until Friday. This storm is tapping into cold arctic air while picking up tropical moisture. It’s a cold front will move in Friday afternoon, bringing heavy rain and windy conditions. The coast will see wind gusts of 40-50 mph. The snow level will climb to around 4,000 feet ahead of this storm while temperatures in the valley get back into the upper 40s and low 50s.
The higher elevations of the Cascades will see 12-24″ between Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon.
The snow level will drop to near 1,000 feet Saturday morning while scattered showers continue to move through western Oregon. This will bring 4-8″ of snow to elevations above 2,000′, an inch or two to 1,000′-1,500′ and snow/rain mix to the valley floor.
Most of Sunday is looking dry, but another storm is lined up for Monday and again Wednesday.
Have a great day!
-Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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