Our area will experience a very active weather pattern into next week due to a combination of an abundance of tropical moisture being pulled in by the Pineapple Express and several warm and cold fronts that will slide in every few days. Localized flooding is expected, including areas near small shallow streams as well as urban street flooding. Rainfall totals through Sunday include 10″ to 14″ at the coast, 6″ to 8″ North of Cape Blanco and in the mountains, 2″ to 4″ on the west side, and up to 2″ on the east side. Due to the large amounts of rain over the period, rock slides and land slides can become a factor, especially near areas with forest fire burn scars. Along with the rain we will experience breezy to windy conditions with the next round of damaging winds arriving Saturday, though it will be breezy late Thursday into Friday. Winds will have the strength to cause downed trees and power lines.
Snow levels will remain above pass level into Saturday with periods of snow possible over Diamond Lake, though impacts will be minimal. Snow levels will start at 5,000′ Thursday and rise to 7000′ by Thursday evening lasting into Saturday before dropping potentially as low as 3,000′ Sunday behind a cold front.
The timeline for the next few days: Thursday during the day we will see a break in the precipitation with only a few isolated showers. Heavy rain and wind will accompany a cold front Thursday night into Saturday. The strongest winds will be felt right before frontal passage Saturday morning especially along the Coast. Sunday and Monday morning will be mainly dry under mostly cloudy skies before another system works its way in Monday evening. This next round of storms will be associated with a colder air mass which means lower snow levels and thus more snow! It’s still a week out but we could be seeing 1 to 2 feet of snow in the Cascades and Siskiyous next week! Stay tuned to Newswatch12 for the latest!
Meteorologist Megan Parry