Increasing Rain & Wind Thursday

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A warm front will bring isolated showers to the region tonight, mainly along and west of the Cascades, with snow levels at 7,000 feet most showers will be in the form of rain. Tomorrow a cold front pushes through increasing wind and rain across the region, with steady rain arriving at the coast by early to mid morning and pushing inland in the afternoon. Most rain will hit along and west of the Cascades with more spotty lighter showers on the east side; however the east side will be quite windy. A Wind Advisory is in place tomorrow afternoon and evening for gusts possible of 30 to 50 mph, especially around the Summer Lake area.

Snow levels will remain quite high at 7,000 feet through the day dropping to 5,000 feet overnight Thursday, while most accumulations will be light we could see 2-5 inches at Crater Lake with 1-2 inches possible above 5,000 feet. The heaviest rain will hit the coast, Coast Range, Cascades and the Umpqua Basin while the strongest winds will be at the coast, ridges and especially east of the Cascades.

We’ll see areas of morning fog for west side areas the next several mornings with moisture lingering at the lower levels. Shower activity will taper off Thursday night with only a few Cascade showers lingering Friday morning. After the morning fog we’ll see increasing sunshine Friday into the weekend with mostly dry conditions. The next storm system looks to arrive Monday at the coast but linger offshore for quiet sometime, so the timing of the frontal passage is not certain at this time but expect periods of rain early next week. This next system looks to bring heavy rain at the coast but quickly weaken as it moves inland.

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Meteorologist Megan Parry