StormTracker 9 Forecast: Cool, wet weather on the way for the weekend

Our StormTracker 9 meteorologists are tracking cooler, wet weather will return for the start of the weekend. Milder temperatures and drier weather will return next week.

Posted: Mar 13, 2020 11:06 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- You might be asking yourself this morning, “I thought it was going to rain?” Well the answer is, it’s coming this afternoon. Clouds will increase throughout the morning, with rain moving in this afternoon along a frontal system developing off the coast of Washington.

Fast Forecast:
Friday: Increasing clouds w/ PM rain and mountain snow. Snow level 4,000 feet, lowering to 2,000 feet. Highs in upper 40s
Saturday: Showers and mountain snow. Snow level 2,000 feet, lowering to 1,000 feet. Highs in middle to upper 40s.
Sunday: Partly sunny w/ morning rain & snow showers. Snow level 2,000 feet. Highs in middle to upper 40s.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs in low 50s
Tuesday: Sunny. Highs in middle 50s
Wednesday: Partly sunny. Highs in middle 50s
Thursday: Partly sunny. Highs in middle 50s

This front will usher in cooler temperatures for the weekend and drop snow levels to 1,000 feet or so. Showers will continue on Saturday with some sunbreaks at times. Some of these showers will be on the heavier side, allowing for cooler air to be pulled toward the surface, in turn a few flakes could be mixed in to the valley floor. Showers will decrease on Saturday night into Sunday, as high pressure builds east of the Cascades.

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The threat for accumulating snow has triggered Winter Weather Advisories for the Cascades, Coast Range, and Foothills. The Cascades foothills will likely receive 3 to 6 inches, with 8 to 12 inches across the passes. The Coast Range will be closer to 1 to 4 inches above 1,000 feet.

This storm system will be important moving forward as moderate drought conditions exist across much of western Oregon. Rainfall deficit since Oct. 1 ranges from 10 to 16 inches below normal in the interior valleys and close to 22 inches below normal along the coast. Additionally, snowpack is way down in Southern Oregon, ranging from 62-68% of normal. The Willamette Basin is a little better off at 83% of normal, but still below normal.

Chilly weather remains in place on Sunday before milder, drier weather returns just in time for the start of spring on Thursday next week.

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

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