Good Monday Morning, Everyone...
After a brief break in the clouds the snowfall has resumed and it is likely to continue, off and on, for the rest of the day and into tonight. While a few spots may see the low 40's for daytime highs, it will be a struggle for most to get much above the mid to upper 30's. Southerly breezes will pick up to 10-15 mph with gusts a bit higher.
As lows drop to freezing and a little below tonight the snow showers are expected to continue. The mountains expect to see 6-12 inches in the next 24 hours. The High Desert will see 1-4 inches with a bit more possible at the higher elevations.
While the breezes will become gentler out of the south tonight, they will pick up again on Tuesday. That is also the day when we are expecting the most serious push of moisture to enter the state. There will be very heavy rain at the coast and in the valley, along with more heavy snow in the Cascades. This morning, chains or traction tires were required by ODOT on all the mountain passes. Inclement driving conditions in the mountains will be a factor for the next two to three days as this next system works through.
Central Oregon will see a gradual warm up over the next couple of days. That will turn snow showers to mixed showers and then rain showers through the middle of the week. We will see a brief break in storm activity Friday with the next system closing in quickly for the weekend ahead.That one will be marked by highs in the mid to upper 40's and overnight lows at or a little below freezing. Plan on mixed showers and breezy conditions all through the next weekend.
HAVE A SPARKLING DAY IN CENTRAL OREGON!