Happy Tuesday morning, everyone!
Clouds rolled in last evening and overnight leaving us with partly to mostly cloudy skies out early. We’ll see clouds turn to rain showers by the afternoon with higher elevations already receiving some snow. Snow levels today will be around 6,400′ before plummeting overnight to about 3,500′ by tomorrow morning. Along with the lowering snow levels, we’ll see cooler daytime highs with many just in the 50s for today. Winds will become a little breezy later on as a cold front arrives. Overnight lows will dip into the 20s & lower 30s for much of the region tonight.
The NWS has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the east slopes of the Cascades, including Sisters, Sunriver, Three Rivers, Deschutes River Woods and La Pine. The mountains look to receive more than a foot of snow in some locations between now and Wednesday night, while the passes will see anywhere from 3-7″ of snow. Do be prepared for winter driving conditions, especially over Santiam Pass for Wednesday morning. Some of our (listed) lower elevations will only get a trace -2″, but this will still make for slippery driving conditions.
We’ll start our Wednesday with temperatures at or below the freezing mark for many of us, so we could expect some icy conditions. Take the extra time to warm up your car as we’ll see a cold start. Folks in higher elevations could see a Trace-2″ of snow. Highs for Wednesday in the mountains will be in the 20s & 30s, while we see temps in the 40s further inland. Wednesday looks to see scattered mixed showers behind the passing cold front with some snow for those up high.
By Thursday we’ll be left with low snow levels, but very low shower chances. High temperatures will still be quite cold with many of us in the low to mid 40s. Overnight lows will become dangerously cold with temps in the teens & 20s.
Our active weather pattern carries us into the weekend as we could see a few more mixed showers before we dry out come Saturday & Sunday when we look to see a little more sunshine. Temperatures still look cold east of the Cascades with us staying in the 40s & 50s.