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StormTracker 9 Forecast: Wet, cool and breezy start to the week

Our StormTracker 9 meteorologists are tracking wet week, with rain chances continuing into next weekend.

Posted: Mar 30, 2020 11:18 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- It is a wet start to the week with a strong, cold front moving inland with periods of rain and mountain snow. The front will cross the Cascades around midday as precipitation turns more showery.

Fast Forecast:
Monday: Periods of rain. Snow level 4,000 feet. Highs in the low 50s this morning, dropping into the middle 40s this afternoon.
Tuesday: Rain showers. Snow level 3,000 feet. Highs near 50.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy w/ isolated showers. Slight chance of thunderstorms. Snow level 3,000 feet. Highs near 50.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the middle 50s.
Friday: Mostly cloudy w/ PM showers. Snow level 3,000 feet. Highs in the low 50s.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy w/ chance of showers. Snow level 3,500 feet. Highs in the middle 50s.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy w/ chance of showers. Snow level 3,000 feet. Highs in upper 50s.

The mountains will pick up much needed snowfall to add to the snowpack. The Cascades will likely see 1 to 2 feet, which has triggered winter weather advisories in Lane and Linn Counties and a winter storm warning in Douglas County. The overall snowpack is down, with the Willamette Basin at 89% of normal and the Rogue/Umpqua Basin at 73% of normal.

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In addition to rain and snow, breezy conditions are expected with gusts along the coast up to 40 mph and up to 25 to 30 mph in the interior valleys.

A cool, showery air mass will stick around through Wednesday as cool, upper trough remains overhead. Models do suggest there could be enough instability for one or two thunderstorms and small pea sized hail.

Thursday will feature a short break in the weather as the upper-level trough shifts off to the east. This will allow for slightly milder temperatures and mostly sunny skies.

Dry weather will be short-lived as another storm system drops out of the northern Pacific. Timing and strength are still being worked out in the models, but they are consistent with storm moving across the Pacific Northwest on Friday, followed by another system later in the weekend.

This continued wet pattern is putting a small dent into our overall dry rain year, at least in the short term. The rainfall deficits since Oct. 1, 2019, has already led to moderate to severe drought across Western Oregon.

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

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