High pressure remains over the area today so we’ll see a repeat of New Year’s Day weather with patchy morning freezing fog which can lead to icy roads and frosty windshields, so you may want to leave extra time for travel over the next several days. A cold front will approach early tomorrow morning bringing windy conditions to the coast and mountains today and tonight. The front will weaken as it moves inland because the high pressure ridge over our area is fairly strong and will help to push the cold front north of our area bringing the best chance for showers at the coast and coast range. However, if the ridge shifts enough the east then we could see showers tomorrow in the valleys, and any morning showers will likely be in the form of snow since valleys will remain cold tonight. Any valley snow will have little to no accumulation but could cause slick roads. I don’t think the front will make it past the Cascades, so the Basin should continue to be dry tomorrow.
After the showers tomorrow we’ll see the chance for morning fog again on Friday and sun again in the afternoon. The next question will be for a storm moving in on Saturday. Most weather models are in agreement that the storm will split, sending energy and storms to northern Oregon and Central and Southern California. What they are not in agreement with is the timing and how far the system will split. For now I’ve kept a chance for showers across the region on Saturday, but if this system splits dramatically, we could remain dry all weekend long. We’ll continue to watch this next system so be sure to stay tuned to Newswatch 12 for the latest weather updates! I’ll also be updating my Facebook page with weather reports.
Thanks for logging on and have a wonderful Wednesday!
Meteorologist Megan Parry