From the PinPoint weather center, I’m Meteorologist Matt Brode. It’s been a wild week of weather across the Pacific Northwest. From record rains on Saturday, to record warmth on Sunday and Monday, to a tornadic Tuesday we’ve seen it all. So what’s next?
Well, cold high pressure is setting up shop in Eastern Oregon and this will create an Easterly wind which will bring in some cold air into the region. At the same time, an area of low pressure in the Eastern Pacific will move our way and give us some showers. The big question is do we see snow in the Willamette Valley? At this point in time I wouldn’t be surprised to see some wet snow flakes mixing in with rain during the overnight hours. Snow shouldn’t stick and will change back over to rain by mid morning.
Meanwhile, the Gorge will be dealing with a very wintry mess and heavy snows will be flying in the Cascades. Keep it here at KOIN Local 6 for additional information.
A strong area of low-pressure is spinning in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and will work its way over the region for the next several days. Colder, wetter weather is expected to remain throughout much of the weekend. Here’s how things break down.
For the Oregon coast today; a high wind warning is in effect, and some gusts could approach 65 mph early on Wednesday. Moderate rain will also accompany the strong winds. I don’t expect snow in the Coast Range yet – that will change, however, early Thursday morning.
For Portland and the rest of the metro, look for steady rains to arrive by midday with gutsy winds that could approach 30-35 mph. Otherwise temperatures will be in the lower 50s. Colder weather is headed our way by Thursday and beyond.
Winter Strom Warnings are in effect for the Cascades where more than 2 feet of snow could fall by late Thursday. Snow levels start out at 5000’ today but will fall below pass levels Thursday morning. Travel conditions will get worse over the next few days.
A major weather pattern change is taking place across the Pacific Northwest. Scattered showers today will turn into sun-breaks by the afternoon with highs today primarily in the 50s. A few cold storms are getting organized in the Gulf of Alaska and promise to be much colder systems. The first storm arrives at the coast Wednesday morning and brings some very gusty winds. Rain will arrive in the Valley’s by Wednesday afternoon and snow flies in the Cascades above 4000’. Colder air follows suit and highs for the remainder of the week, and into the weekend will only be in the 40s.
The lowest snow of the season arrives over the weekend – snow levels come down to 1000’ late Saturday night into Sunday morning. There is still plenty of time to fine-tune the forecast but right now I would say that snow is unlikely on the valley floor- but stay tuned as it’s only Tuesday!