High pressure will remain in control of our weather throughout the weekend. This will bring plenty of sun and also mild temperatures for much of the region. For West Side Valleys, high temperatures are going to be in the lower 60′s Saturday & Sunday.
Beginning the second half of Sunday, clouds will begin streaming in from our west, ahead of our next storm system that will bring showers to the area on Monday. Tuesday at this time looks to be mostly dry with isolated showers. Another more potent front will move in for the middle of the week, bringing more widespread rain.
Snow levels are going to remain high next week, around and above 6,000.’ So at this time it is likely most of the precipitation will be rain. The U.S. Drought Monitor has released new information regarding the drought situation across the West. The coast has been scaled back to a “moderate” drought but all inland areas of Southern Oregon & Northern California are still considered severe. If the precipitation doesn’t continue to fall, this will lead to big problems for the spring and summer.
Water deficits due to the lack of precipitation and high level snowpack are estimated to be 40%-60% of average south of Crater Lake to the lakes of the Cascades, 20%-40% south of the lakes of the High Cascades to the Siskiyous, and less than 20% for areas south of the Siskiyous.
Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese