StormTracker 9 Forecast: Dry start to weekend before rain returns

Another around have heavy showers arrive during the second half of the weekend into next week.

Posted: Sep 13, 2019 9:54 AM
Updated: Sep 13, 2019 10:52 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Many of us woke up to cloudy skies on Friday morning after a weakening cool front pushed ashore overnight.

This brought a few spotty showers to the region, though most stayed to the north near Salem and Portland. Behind the front, a ridge of high pressure will arrive bringing sunshine back Friday afternoon. Temperatures will likely reach up near 80 during the afternoon.

Fast Forecast:
Friday: Becoming sunny w/ slight AM chance. Highs in upper 70s to low 80s
Saturday: Mostly sunny w/ chance late. Highs in mid to upper 70s
Sunday: Mostly cloudy w/ showers. Highs in mid to upper 60s
Monday: Mostly cloudy w/ isolated showers. Highs in mid to upper 60s
Tuesday: Partly cloudy w/ pm showers. Highs in mid to upper 60s
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy w/ isolated showers Highs in upper 60s to low 70s
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs in mid to upper 70s

Friday night into Saturday morning will be partly cloudy with a chance of fog developing in the valleys in the morning. Overall, I expect Saturday to be mostly sunny ahead of our next storm system. That is good news for Beavers and Ducks as weather should be rather nice for both games on Saturday.

Saturday night a low-pressure system diving out of the Gulf of Alaska will arrive, bringing rain on Sunday and continued showers into next week. Models right now are hinting a moderate atmospheric river. The wettest period looks to be Sunday with the coast and coast ranges seeing 0.75” to 1” of rain, with interior valleys being around 0.33" to 0.5”.

Sunday night will have rain turning to more showery activity. At the same time, freezing levels will drop to between 6,500’ to 7,500’. This means some of the Cascades peaks could see the first snow of the season. Shower activity will continue throughout the day on Monday. There is also a small chance of an isolated thunderstorm embedded in the showers. This will be similar to what we had last Monday and Tuesday.

The next front will arrive on Tuesday afternoon. There is some disagreement in the models on how quickly that front moves through. Despite this, showers look to continue on Wednesday as the forecast has trended toward a wetter solution.

Right now, the models show an upper-level ridge building on Thursday. This means the sunshine will return after several days of showers.

For more weather information, go to the KEZI 9 News StormTracker 9 weather page.

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