Local Alert Weather Forecast Wed, Jan. 28, 2015
Changes are on the way for Central Oregon’s weather as we wrap up January 2015. A storm system in Idaho is moving eastward and bringing heavy rain and snow to southern portions of the Potato State. While this storm is too far away to bring us any moisture, it will still have an impact on our weather for the rest of the week.
As Idaho’s storm moves eastward, the winds over Central Oregon shift to take on a northeasterly direction, this is important for a few reasons. The first being that northerly flow will continue to cool temperatures to the lower 50s and upper 40s, bringing the High Desert back to reality with near-normal mid-winter temperatures. The second important point is the easterly component to the northeasterly winds. A touch of moisture blown into the eastern slope Cascades will promote the development of patchy fog for many locations.
Tonight fog is likely for Jefferson and northern Deschutes County. Fog is expected to be seen in Redmond and possibly in Bend. Even Prineville may have some hazy conditions with reduced visibility overnight. For the majority of Central Oregon temperatures will be just at freezing overnight, so freezing fog is not much of a concern.
Come Thursday morning, fog will linger until about 11 am or noon before the sun burns it off and blue skies prevail. Daytime highs on Thursday will warm to the upper 40s and lower 50s, which is still a degree or two above average, but significantly cooler than the 60s we had earlier this week.
The end of our workweek is looking pleasant. Highs will warm into the upper 40s—close to average. Skies will be sunny once another round of overnight fog burns off throughout the morning.