Quiet weather remains in place across the Northwest this morning. This will be the case through the next several days. Skies today will see a good amount of cloud cover from a passing area of low pressure to our south, but dry weather is anticipated.
For Thanksgiving cloud cover will be on the decrease and mostly sunny conditions will move in for the second half of the day across inland locations. The quiet weather continues through Saturday before a cold air mass begins pushing into the Northwest.
The exact timing of this system is what will need to be closely watched through the next several days. With many people on the roads and traveling through the Sunday/Monday time frame, the potential for snow in the passes could lead to problems. Those with plans to travel through this time should pay close attention to the forecast.
Those who are heading to Seattle or Portland (especially Seattle), should be prepared for winter weather. The further north you head, the more problems you will encounter through Sunday afternoon and evening as you travel back to Southern Oregon. A cold air mass and lowering snow levels could potentially bring snow to the mountain passes.
There is high confidence that snow levels will be down to 2,000′ by Monday evening. The question is, when will the cold air arrive (that drops snow levels) and thus, when will the precipitation begin? This front will bring some good snow to the North, and snow to the Southern Oregon Cascades into Monday. At this point, it looks to arrive into Sunday evening ..but do keep in mind this system will be moving in from the North, where many people are traveling from. That means, snow will begin much earlier across Northern Oregon.
Stay tuned to NewsWatch 12 for the latest on this weather system. Also, turn your televisions on tonight at 6:30 and watch our Winter Weather Forecast airing during our newscast. Megan and I will take an in depth look at what the winter months will bring this year.
Happy holidays & safe travels!
Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese