EUGENE, Ore. -- Another beautiful day on tap for us today with sunshine and temperatures inland in the middle to upper 60s. This will be as onshore flow gets a boost from a weak piece of energy moving through tonight. This will also increase the chance of a few showers in the Cascades this afternoon. Snow level will be around 6,000 feet.
Monday: Patchy areas of fog, Sunny. Highs in middle to upper 60s.
Tuesday: Gradual clearing. Highs in low to middle 60s.
Wednesday: Rain. Highs in upper 50s to low 60s.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy w/ a few showers. Highs in low to middle 60s.
Friday: Mostly cloudy. Highs in middle to upper 60s.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy w/ isolated showers. Highs in middle to upper 60s.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy w/ slight chance. Highs in middle to upper 60s.
Tonight, clouds will build into the region. This will also cool temperatures back into the low to middle 60s. Clouds will likely stay with us through midday and be slow to clear in the afternoon. Sunshine is still expected during the late afternoon and evening.
The next significant weather system will arrive Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. A cold front will pull subtropical moisture into the Pacific Northwest. Right now, models are pointing to rainfall being measured between 0.25 to 0.75 inches. Snowfall will really be a non-factor, as snow levels will remain above 7,000 feet.
This will be wettest day of the month so far. The wettest day so far in April was back on the first of the month, when Eugene saw 0.16 inches. Most of the Willamette Valley hasn’t seen a 0.25 of inch since March 30, when Eugene saw 0.77 inches. Eugene normally sees 3.33 inches of rain in April, has only seen 0.41 to date. If the month ended today, it would be driest April on record. The driest April was in 1985, when Eugene only received 0.49 inches. Wednesday’s rainfall will obviously add to that amount, and take us out of the 10 driest Aprils, but it does put things into perspective.
As the storm system tracks southeast on Thursday, there is a still a chance of a few post-frontal showers. For the most part, Thursday and Friday will dry things out briefly. There will be another shot of moisture on Saturday. Models are still figuring out the exact timing and strength. Right now, models are trending toward a wetter weekend.
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