EUGENE, Ore. -- It was a cold, foggy start to the day in western Oregon on Tuesday. Temperatures started in the 20s and 30s but will rise into the middle to upper 40s by the afternoon. Clouds will also be increasing the rest of the day, as the next front moves in. Showers will spread inland from the northwest and are expected reach the Eugene area between 10 p.m. and midnight.
Tuesday: Increasing clouds w/ rain chances increasing during evening. Snow level 1,500 ft, rising to 5,000 ft. Highs in mid 40s.
Wednesday: Showers. Snow level 5,000 ft. Highs in upper 40s.
Thursday: Isolated showers. Snow level 5,500 ft. Highs in middle 50s.
Friday: Isolated AM showers. Snow level 5,500 ft. Highs in middle 50s
Saturday: Rain. Snow level 3,500 ft, dropping to 2,500 ft. Highs in upper 40s.
Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs in upper 40s.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs in upper 40s.
Snow levels will start rather low, near 1,500 feet, but will rise to near 5,000 feet by Wednesday. Right now, 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected above 2,500 feet.
This front will stall overhead, bringing rain to the Coast, Coast Range, and Cascade Foothills through Friday morning. The interior valleys will be in a shadow, limiting the amount of rain and bringing mainly isolated showers. Rainfall for the coast will likely be between 0.5 to 1.5 inches for the central Oregon Coast, while the northern Coast will see closer to 1 to 3 inches of rain.
The next system will arrive on Friday night/Saturday morning, bringing more rain and mountain snow to the region. This will be a cooler system, allowing snow levels to drop into the Cascade foothills.
Rain will end Saturday night, with drier, sunnier weather expected on Sunday and Monday. Highs are also expected to be near normal. The normal high temperature for the date is 49 degrees. The next rain maker looks to arrive on Tuesday.
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