EUGENE, Ore. -- A cool, upper-level low pressure will remain overhead on Tuesday, bringing more rain and snow showers. The cool air aloft will drop snow level to 2,000 to 3,000 feet and it will drop even further tonight into Wednesday morning, down to 1,500 to 2,000 feet.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy w/ isolated showers. Snow level 3,000 feet. Highs near 50.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy w/ isolated showers. Slight chance of thunderstorms. Snow level 2,000 feet. Highs near 50.
Thursday: Partly sunny w/ slight chance. Snow level 2,000 feet. Highs in the low 50s.
Friday: Mostly cloudy w/ slight chance. Snow level 1,500 feet. Highs in the low 50s.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy w/ chance of rain. Snow level 2,500 feet. Highs in the low 50s.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy w/ chance of rain. Snow level 3,000 feet. Highs in middle 50s.
Monday: Mostly cloudy w/ chance of rain. Snow level 3,000 feet. Highs in middle 50s.
Shower chances will continue on Wednesday as the upper-level low pressure system begins to moves off to the south and east. With low snow levels, combined with increased instability, expect an increased chance of small pea-sized hail and a chance of a thunderstorm or two.
Showers will decrease on Thursday with more sunshine and slightly milder temperatures. That break will be short lived with increasing clouds on Friday and rain chances back for the weekend. The next low pressure system will move south into our region on Friday night into Saturday. This will bring our next chance of rain and snow.
A third low pressure system will drop into the region on Sunday and Monday bringing additional chances of precipitation for the rest of the weekend. Expect wet, cool weather to continue well into next week for a wet start to the month of April.
The good news out of all the precipitation is we are making up a lot ground in our snowpack. The Willamette Basin is close to normal (96% of normal). The Umpqua/Rogue Basin still has a ways to go (78% of normal). The drought still has a long way to go, but Monday’s steady soaking rain of 0.75 to 1.25 inches helps water levels significantly in the short term. The new drought index update will be release on Thursday morning.
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