The Pacific Northwest is going to see two strong storms in the next 72 hours. The first is bringing in heavy precipitation and strong winds, but is rather warm. The second storm will bring in cold arctic air Friday which will drop freezing levels to about 1,000 feet. This storm does not have as much moisture, but enough to spread showers through western Oregon Friday and Saturday.
Here’s all the details by area:
For the Coast:
The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for the north coast which is in effect from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. Winds will peak in the early afternoon with gusts at about 60 mph north of Newport, up to 50 mph north of Florence and 40 mph north of Coos Bay.
The second storm will not be as wet or windy, but we’ll continue to see showers Thursday through Saturday. This storm is much colder and will drop temperatures into the mid 30s Friday night.
For the Mountains:
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the North Oregon Cascades and South Washington Cascades.
The Advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday. Snow levels will slowly climb to 6,000 feet by this afternoon, then drop back down to about 4,000 feet tonight.
Accumulations Expected Near Mt. Hood and in the Washington Cascades:
Wednesday: 3-5″ from 3,000′ to 4,000′ / 5-10″ from 4,000′ to 6,000′ /10-20″ Above 6,000′
Thursday: 4-8″ Above 3,500′
Friday: 3-5″ Above 3,500′ / 1-3″ from 2,000 – 3,500′ /0-1″ from 1,000′ to 2,000′
Accumulations Expected Near Willamette Pass:
Wednesday: 1-3″ Above 6,000′
Thursday: 1-4″ Above 4,000′
Friday: 3-7″ Above 5,000′ / 1-3″ 3,500 – 5,000′ /0-1″ from 1,000′ to 2,000′
**The second storm is much colder. Freezing levels will drop to about 2,500 feet by late Thursday and down to 1,000 feet by Friday.
For the Valley:
Wednesday we’ll see heavy rain and breezy conditions. Highs will still make it into the mid 50s, but we’ll pick up close to an inch of rain with winds from the south at 15-25 mph.
Thursday we’ll see just scattered showers. Friday through Sunday will be cold. Highs will only make it into the upper 30s and low 40s and overnight lows will drop close to or below freezing each night. Friday evening and Saturday, the valley floor could see a rain/snow mix, especially during heavy showers.
Stay tuned the Stormtracker 9 Weather Team for the latest on this Winter Storm.