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Friday, September 17th, 3:00 A.M. 

Good morning!

A big change to the weather pattern will take place today as a cold front and atmospheric river take aim at the Pacific Northwest. You’ll notice cloudier skies, but mainly dry weather inland for the bulk of the day. That said, showery conditions will begin along the coast later this morning, and a few spotty showers can’t be ruled out inland this afternoon. A cold front will pivot through between this evening and tonight, bringing steady rain and gusty wind to northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. Take the time today to cover things up that you don’t want to get wet, because this is going to be a downright soaker!

The cold front will advance inland on Saturday. Behind the cold front, scattered showers and isolated storms will get going. These are the type of showers that tend to produce quick rounds of hail and downpours. Lightning can’t be ruled out, but in most cases we won’t see a lot of that. Showery and cool conditions will persist through Sunday. All in all, this will end up being a very beneficial rainfall (putting a major dent in our fire season). Through the weekend, our western valleys will end up with 1-2+ inches of rain. The coast will likely see a bit more rainfall than the western valleys. The real winners should be our mountain communities. The Coast Range and the Cascades will pick up 2-4 inches of rain (with greater totals along favorable slopes).

Conditions will gradually dry out on Monday, and temperatures should get close to 70 degrees around the metro area. Once this soaking rain comes through though, our valleys will be more susceptible to morning fog.

Get ready for the rain, and happy Friday!