EUGENE, Ore. -- While Punxsutawney Phil maybe have predicted an early spring, winter made it known that it is not going away without a fight on Monday morning. This is as many folks woke up to a light dusting of snow and slick roadways.
The sunshine has since come out, melting any snow that accumulated on the grassy surfaces, and partly sunny skies are expected the rest of the day, although a spotty shower is possible into the early afternoon. Temperatures are expected to only be in the low 40s. The normal high temperature for the date in Eugene is 49 degrees.
Monday: Morning flurries, Partly sunny. Highs in low 40s.
Tuesday: Partly sunny w/ rain chances increasing overnight. Snow level 2,000 ft, rising to 4,500 ft. Highs in mid 40s.
Wednesday: Rain. Snow level 4,500 ft. Highs in upper 40s.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy w/ chance late. Snow level 5,000 ft. Highs in low 50s.
Friday: Isolated showers. Snow level 5,000 ft. Highs in low 50s
Saturday: Isolated showers. Snow level 3,500 ft, dropping to 2,000 ft. Highs in upper 40s.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs in upper 40s.
Skies will continue to clear Monday night and without a blanket of clouds, radiation cooling will allow temperatures to fall into the upper 20s and low 30s. These cold temperatures will likely trigger frost on Tuesday morning.
Drier weather will continue on Tuesday, but clouds will be increasing as a front moves into the region on Tuesday night. Snow levels during this time will start around 2,000 feet but will rise to 5,000 feet by Wednesday morning. Levels will continue to rise to 6,000 feet by Wednesday afternoon. Overall 2 to 6 inches of new snow is expected on Tuesday night in the Cascades.
Rain showers will be heaviest on Wednesday and Thursday to the north, with places along the northern Oregon Coast seeing 2 to 4 inches of rain, while the Southern Oregon Coast will be closer to 0.5 to 2 inches of rain. The Willamette Valley and Umpqua Basin only see to 0.25 to 0.75 inches of rain thanks to the valley rain shadow.
Thursday will likely be fairly dry and mild, but mostly cloudy. Mild temperatures are expected to continue on Friday, but the next cold front will arrive on Friday night/Saturday morning. This system looks to be a solid rain maker but will go out rather quickly. Sunday will likely be cooler but mostly sunny.
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