Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:
Temperatures dropped dramatically Friday night as a storm moved into western Oregon. Winds gusted to 68 mph in Lincoln City, over 60 mph in the Cascades and to 36 mph in Eugene.
Heavy rain in the valley turned to heavy snow at the passes. Willamette Pass had 12 inches of snow on the Highway by 10 a.m!
The snow level lowered to about 500 feet early Saturday, allowing snow to accumulate throughout the Coast range and Cascade foothills, including McKenzie Bridge and Myrtle Creek. Although it didn’t stick for long, falling snow was reported all the way down to the valley floor.
So this is pretty much what we expected. The front is long gone now, but the cold air remains and a few lingering showers to go with it. Sunday’s forecast is on track. Temperatures are dropping quickly tonight and should get down into teh upper 20s before sunrise.
The freezing level will lower to around 500 feet early Sunday. There will be limited showers at this point, but with temperatures below freezing overnight, the valley could see brief sticking snow with any isolated showers that move through.
During the day, temperatures will warm back into the mid 40s for the valley, so the precipitation will change back to a snow/rain mix. Elevations above 1,000 feet will still see isolated snow showers during the day, but it won’t amount to much more than 3 inches, even at the highest elevations.
Monday we’ll dry out in between storms with a slight ridge of high pressure overhead, but then it’s going to pick right back up Tuesday.
The next storm to hit us is over the Aleutian Islands right now. It doesn’t look to be quite as cold as this past storm, but close. Freezing levels will stay between 1,000 and 4,000 feet Tuesday through Saturday. The snow will continue to pile up in the Cascades and Coast Range, with rain showers in the valley and along the coast.
Stay tuned this weekend for any updates. If you see snow in your area let us know via Facebook, Twitter, KEZI.com or e-mail.