The warm, sunny and dry weather ends tomorrow as we transition to stormy weather through the weekend. A series of cold fronts will bring periods of moderate to heavy rain to the coast and coastal mountains, rain at times inland, mountain snow and gusty winds. There is also a threat for isolated thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon, mainly at the coast with a slight chance inland and a slight chance at the coast on Wednesday as well. Thunderstorms can produce heavy rain, small hail and gusty winds. This weekend we could see a better chance for thunderstorms, but this is still a week away so it’s worth a mention now and we’ll continue to monitor this threat through the week.
Wind will be another factor this week and a Wind Advisory is in effect for the east side for most of Tuesday, ending at 8pm, for gusts up to 40mph and even higher around the Summer Lake area up to 55mph. This may impact travel especially for high profile vehicles.
Snow levels will start off high Tuesday then drop to 4,500′ by the afternoon then down to 3,500′ Wednesday then slowly climb back to 6,000′ by Friday only to drop again Sunday to 4,000′. Snow will begin accumulating late Tuesday over the higher Cascade passes including highways 140, 230 and 66, expect wintry travel at times through the first half of the week.
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Meteorologist Megan Parry