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Taste of Winter this Weekend

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

A weak disturbance is moving through our area currently bringing isolated light showers to the area that will continue into tonight. Fog returns tomorrow morning and may be dense at times. Once the fog clears some areas will see periods of sunshine early in the afternoon before a potent cold front bringing increasing clouds and winds to the region. This system will bring a taste of Winter overnight Friday into Saturday morning with hazardous travel over Diamond Lake Summit, Lake of the Woods and even Siskiyou Summit at times. Expect for these, and high terrain locations (above 3,000 feet) to be impacted by snow covered roads, icy roads and gusty winds creating reduced visibility. If traveling this weekend, if at all possible avoid these locations overnight Friday into Saturday. If headed to the Ducks game, Sexton Summit may have slick roads at times but the impacts should be minimal.

The heaviest precipitation will occur overnight Friday into Saturday morning with decreasing showers through the day Saturday and only a chance for isolated showers on Sunday for the Cascades. Steady rain will start to impact the coast around 11pm Friday, 2am Saturday for west side valleys and around 4am for areas east of the Cascades. Sunday will be drying with fog increasing in the mornings into next week.

Weather models are now picking up on a what appears to be an even stronger storm next week. This next storm will be tapping into tropical moisture so snow levels will remain high, around 5,000 to 7,000 feet. This next storm appears to bring much more rain then the one we’ll see this weekend, stay tuned to Newswatch12 for the latest!

Thanks for logging on and have a great evening!

Meteorologist Megan Parry