Local Alert Weather Forecast, Thurs., Nov. 27, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving! Though it was a raining and windy day, hopefully every one’s holiday was safe and joyful.
Regarding our forecast for Central Oregon over the next few days, a storm system is moving its way through the Pacific Northwest and was responsible for the gusty winds we had today as well as for the rain. This storm will continue to bring gusty winds across Central Oregon with rain showers for Friday, and by the weekend it will usher in colder air that will turn our rain to snow.
Tonight will be wet. Winds will continue to gust from a west southwesterly direction as high as 30 mph. Rain will be off and on all night long but should remain rain with snow chances very small overnight—even in the Cascades. Lows will drop to the upper 30s tonight.
Those heading over the Cascades Friday will find mostly rain on the roadways. The air-mass across the state will still be too warm to support much snowfall at the pass levels. Though rain will be heavy and visibility will be low. In Central Oregon, showers will be off and on all day with daytime highs still reaching the upper 40s. Gusty winds will continue across the High Desert tomorrow as well.
Saturday is when rain will start to turn to snowfall. Those heading over the mountains Saturday will be dealing with accumulating snowfall and freezing road ways. If you’re planning to travel over the passes on Saturday give yourself extra time to take is slow through the passes. Snowfall will be less over Santiam pass than it will be near Mount Hood.
Lower elevations on Saturday will see some light snowfall as well, but accumulations will be little to none. Daytime highs on Saturday will range mostly in the mid to lower 30s. Winds will be gusty in the morning and calming through the afternoon.