Local Alert Weather Forecast, Fri. Aug. 28, 2015
AN AIR QUALITY WARNING IS IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
A WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR MANY PARTS OF CENTRAL OREGON BEGINNING SATURDAY MORNING AT 5 A.M. AND ENDING SATURDAY AT 6 P.M.
Happy Friday, everyone!
We have a warning and advisory to talk about for Central Oregon today into this weekend. An Air Quality Warning is still in effect due to the smoke that continues to linger in our area from the wildfires. Good news is that winds will pick up Friday through Saturday and move that smoke out. Bad news is that a Wind Advisory has been issued because of the high speeds. This could also affect wildfire containment and work by crews.
Friday will begin smoky and should have partly cloudy conditions this morning into the afternoon that quickly turns to mostly cloudy. Westerly breezes will pick up by noon and by 3 p.m. we could see gusts as high as 20 MPH. Sustained winds will be anywhere from 10 - 15 MPH. Today is the day we see our weather patterns change from sunny and upper 80's to cloudy and upper 70's.
We have the chance to see some light sprinkles Friday before the sun goes down, but that's a slight chance. Our better chance for seeing any precipitation will be overnight into Saturday morning. Overnight lows will still be mild tonight thanks to the cloud cover, but will quickly drop into the 40's over the weekend and continue into the workweek.
Winds will be strongest Saturday for many locations with southwest winds sustaining anywhere from 25 - 35 MPH with gusts as high as 45 MPH. The Wind Advisory does expire at 6 p.m. Saturday night.
Saturday morning will begin cloudy with some light, scattered showers. It will feel much like a fall morning rather than the end of August. Winds will already be in our area and will pick up as the day goes on; however, our chance for rain will decrease throughout the day.
The cool down should drop the Air Quality Alert by this weekend thanks to the strong winds.
Have a nice weekend!