Local Alert Weather Forecast Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
Central Oregon woke up to foggy conditions this morning, with reduced visibility for many areas. Places to the north had more fog than southern locations, but everyone dealt with some form of fog. That low cloud layer lifted as our temperatures warmed up in the late morning and became a low stratus deck that kept high temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s.
Tonight will see the clouds to slowly clear out. A wind shift will help dissipate the cloud-mass overhead and allows mostly clear skies to be present by morning. Lows overnight will fall to the mid 20s. A few areas, such as Bend to Redmond and up to Madras will fight some overnight fog, but it will not be as widespread as last night.
Saturday is going to see some sunshine. Locations lowest in elevation will wake up to some early morning fog, but the sunshine will win over in the late morning and early afternoon. Skies above the fog layer will be blue all day Saturday. How quickly the fog burns off will have a huge impact on high temperatures. Areas under sunshine by 10am or so will warm to the lower 50s, while areas sill in fog by the noon hour will only manage to warm to the upper 30s and lower 40s. Because of this, places such as Madras and Warm Springs will be significantly colder than southern areas like Sunriver and La Pine.
Sunday will look a lot like Saturday. Patchy fog may still linger in parts of Jefferson County keeping them cloud and cool, but the rest of the High Desert will have some sunshine to start the day. Higher level clouds will blow in by the afternoon as a storm system takes aim at Central Oregon. Come late Sunday, rainfall is possible.
Monday will be a cloudy day with sporadic showers. Our chance for rain is respectable; however the rain that does fall will be light and brief. Snow elevation on Monday is tricky. As of now, it appears a snow elevation of about 5,000 feet is most likely. This does mean Bachelor will see a couple new inches of fresh snow. Sadly, Hoodoo appears to remain below the snow line and will see rain almost exclusively from these showers.