Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:
A strong winter storm is making its way into the Pacific Northwest. This storm is already bringing rain to the Seattle area and snow to the Washington Cascades. We won’t see this storm in western Oregon until this evening. Foggy conditions this morning will be replaced by clouds this afternoon. Highs will stay in the low 50s.
The first rain drops will fall after dinner time in the southern Willamette Valley and the heaviest rain will fall overnight. Winds will also pick up late tonight. Winds will peak at near 20 mph in the valley and coast and 50 mph in the Cascades.
The main story with this storm is the snow that will pile up in the Cascades. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Cascades Passes from Lane County north. This goes into effect at 4 p.m. and continues through 4 p.m. Saturday. Willamette and Santiam Pass will see 3-6 inches tonight, 2-4 inches Saturday and 1-2″ Sunday. Even more snow is expected above 6,000 feet. Central Oregon will see a combination of snow/rain mix all weekend.
Once the brunt of this storm moves through Saturday morning, we’ll see the rain transition to scattered showers Saturday afternoon and eventually just isolated showers Saturday night through Sunday. Highs across western Oregon will stay in the upper 40s and low 50s.
It’s back to dry weather Monday before the next storm hits Tuesday.
Have a great weekend and stay safe!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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