High pressure continues to push east today and this will allow the tropical moisture plume that has brought quite a bit of rain to our north push closer to our neck of the woods as a weak front approaches the coast, for most areas I think we’ll just see more clouds today. Winds will pick up at the coast, mountains and east side this afternoon with gusts up to 20 mph at the coast and east side and up to 30 mph at the ridges. Light scattered showers will move in at the coast late today and last through tomorrow with showers reaching the Cascades tonight and potentially the Umpqua Basin as well, with most locations in the region continuing to stay dry. A stronger, yet still weak, cold front will move through late Saturday bringing a chance for more widespread but still light showers from the coast to the Cascades. We may see a few light snow flurries on the east side overnight Saturday but I think most areas further east and in northern California will keep dry. Winds will pick up again with this front on Saturday and temperatures will drop about 5 degrees from Saturday to Sunday, even with this drop, temperatures will remain 5-10 degrees above normal through Monday!
Sunday we’ll dry out again with sunshine by the afternoon which will continue into Monday before a stronger cold front brings more widespread heavy rain and winds to all areas by Tuesday. This front will also be responsible for knocking our temperatures back below normal as we officially begin Spring on Wednesday!
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Meteorologist Megan Parry