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Wintry Weather Moving In

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METEOROLOGIST MELISSA FREY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:

The days of dry warm weather are behind us, at least for now. We reached our high temperature of 50 degrees just before sunrise and it’s dropped ever since, down to just 44 by 8 a.m.

A cold front is making its way southeast across the state today. We started seeing the rain just before sunrise, picking up over a tenth of an inch or rain with the first wave of this storm.

The freezing level will drop to about 2,500 feet by the late afternoon and down to 1,000 feet by Thursday morning and possibly as low as 700 feet by Thursday afternoon. The rain will transition to showers in the second half of the day, continuing through early Friday.

It’s likely that the valley will see at least snow/rain mix during the day Thursday with chances for snow “bursts” and even slight sticking snow overnight Thursday night and Friday night.

The hills above 1,000 feet will see 1-3″ of snow by Thursday afternoon. The Cascades will see near a foot of snow by Friday.

The Cascades are under a Winter Weather Advisory through midnight. The foothills of Coos and Douglas Counties are under a Winter Weather Advisory from 4 p.m. tonight through 4 a.m. Thursday for 1 to 2″ of snow.

By Friday afternoon most of the rain will be behind us leaving the weekend mostly dry. Highs will stay in the low 40s with overnight lows in the low 30s.

Have a great Wednesday!

-Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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