An upper level low will continue to dive south into Saturday bringing showers and colder air to the region. Snow levels will drop to 4,000 feet by Saturday morning and winter travel will be an issue. Above 4,500 feet we could see 3 to 7 inches of snow is possible with locally heavier amounts near Crater Lake and Diamond Lake. The east side could see anything from a dusting up to 2 inches with Lake of the Woods receiving up to 3 inches. Snow is starting off slushy creating slick roadways, but will eventually stick tonight into Saturday morning creating hazardous driving conditions. Avoid travel tonight if possible, carry chains and be prepare for winter travel if you must drive over the passes. You can check the Tripcheck website on the weather homepage under ‘Weather Links’ or dial 511 for current road conditions.
Showers will taper off Saturday afternoon with a chance for isolated thunderstorms, mainly along and east of the Cascades and a slight chance for the west side. Clouds will clear Saturday afternoon with temperatures dropping quickly overnight. Patchy frost is possible Sunday morning in west side valleys , likely in spots that saw frost Wednesday morning. After a chilly start Sunday temperatures warm to slightly above average in the afternoon with continued warming into next week!
Thanks for logging on and have a great weekend!
Meteorologist Megan Parry