A warm front will bring increasing rain across the region tonight with moderate rain at times at the coast and Cascades and lighter more scattered showers in west side valleys. Isolated showers with pockets of freezing drizzle are possible on the east side and while showers will be light, roads may become slick quickly with icy conditions. Showers will taper off during the day Saturday with most areas dry most of the day Saturday and only the Cascades and Coast Range seeing any showers continue into the early afternoon. The bulk of the precipitation will fall tonight with light more spread out showers Saturday.
Winds will be gusty along and east of the Cascades with the potential for hurricane force wind gusts above 8,000 feet and gusts up to 50 mph at Crater Lake. Winds this strong will be hazardous to high-profile vehicles and precautions should be made tonight through Saturday.
There is a slight chance for showers in the Cascades Sunday afternoon then again a slight chance for southern Oregon showers late Monday. Though most areas will be dry after showers end Saturday and fog will start to return to the west side valleys as a high pressure ridge rebuilds. The ridge and accompanying inversion will strengthen during the week with the densest fog likely Christmas Day and Thursday. This also means areas that get socked in the fog will be much cooler through the day while sunny and mild conditions exist above the fog.
Thanks for logging on and have a great evening!
Meteorologist Megan Parry