StormTracker 9 Forecast: Latest on low-elevation snow potential

Our StormTracker 9 meteorologists are tracking low elevation snow potential for early in the week.

Posted: Jan 13, 2020 9:32 AM
Updated: Jan 13, 2020 10:06 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- An area of low-pressure is moving ashore on Monday morning. This will spread rain inland as well as more mountain snow.

The center of the storm will come ashore near Florence this afternoon. With the cold air relatively close by, it will be a close call to the amount of snow we receive and just how low the snow level will drop. A lot will be depending on if higher precipitation rates develop. That would allow for further cooling of the atmosphere, and more lower elevation snowfall. Unfortunately, this looks like a last-minute call. While it will be possible to see a few flakes tonight near the valley floor, I do NOT expect accumulating snow below 500 feet.

Fast Forecast:

Monday: Rain. Snow level 1,500 ft. Highs near 40.
Tuesday: Rain/Snow Showers. Snow level 1,000 ft. Highs in upper 30s.
Wednesday: Rain. Snow level 1,000 ft. Highs near 40.
Thursday: Rain. Snow level 1,500 ft. Highs in upper 30s.
Friday: Rain. Snow level 1,500 ft. Highs in low 40s
Saturday: Rain. Snow level 3,000 ft. Highs in mid 40s.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy w/ PM Showers. Snow level 2,500 ft. Highs in upper 40s.

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Either way, snow is expected in the Coast Range, Cascade foothills, and Cascades on Monday. Winter Storm Warnings are in place for the Cascades where another 8 to 16 inches of snow are expected. The Coast Range is in effect for the Winter Weather Advisory, where 2 to 5 inches are possible.

There will be more on and off rain and snow showers on Tuesday and with highs in the 30s. Right now, I am not expecting much of more than a dusting on the valley floor and a few inches for the higher terrain.

A stronger storm will arrive on Wednesday bring more rain and snow to the region. This storm will bring more rain and snow chances. Snow level is still a question mark with this storm. Right now, it looks like a wintry mix might be possible on the front side, with a cold rain during the afternoon.

More rain chances are expected on Friday and Saturday, but milder temperatures will be moving into the region around the same time. This means rain for the coast and the interior valleys, and continued snow in the Cascades.

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