Potent Storm Arrives Overnight Friday

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A warm front has brought showers today with activity decreasing across the region at this time. Isolated showers will continue tonight with snow levels between 5,000 and 5,500 feet climbing Friday up to 6,000 feet. Friday will bring another warm front and showers mainly at the coast and Cascades though shower activity will be light, in face Friday will be the driest day of the week while overnight Friday and Saturday will bring in the most potent storm system of the season.

Winds will pick up ahead of the cold front during the day Friday, peaking overnight Friday into Saturday morning for the coast calming Saturday afternoon while winds will peak in Saturday morning and afternoon for the east side and northern California, and will ease Saturday evening. A High Wind Watch is in effect for the coast and east side, a High Surf Warning and Gale Warning are in effect for the coast and a Storm Warning well off-shore. Between 1 and 3 Saturday morning heavy rain will arrive at the coast and up to 4 inches in the Coast Range with lesser totals around 1/2 to 1 inch for west side valleys. Snow levels will start off high around 8,000 feet so winter travel hazards are not expected at first, but Saturday night snow levels will drop to 4,000 feet then to 3,000 feet by Sunday morning. While most of the precipitation will fall before snow levels drop, the showers that continue on the backside of the front will impact travel for the higher Cascade passes. Winds will also make travel difficult with blowing debris and snow, and impacting high profile vehicles.

A warm front will continue showers into Sunday for mainly southern Oregon while northern California will see gradually clearing skies. High pressure will build in next week bringing sunny dry conditions with valley fog and low clouds, and the chetco effect warming Brookings into the 60s and potentially the 70s!

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Meteorologist Megan Parry

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