Friday, December 3rd, 3:00 A.M.

Good morning!

Areas of fog are expanding across our western valleys, so be prepared for lower visibility on your A.M. commute. Temps are much cooler this morning, with most of the metro area in the 30s. Fog will gradually burn off as we get closer to lunchtime. The remainder of the day will feature mostly sunny skies with highs in the upper 40s.

A low pressure system will move right into northwest Oregon and southwest Washington on Saturday, bringing rainy conditions and minor snow accumulations to the higher elevations. The bulk of the energy in the upper atmosphere will be focused to our north. Expect wet conditions north of the central Willamette Valley, with drier weather to the south & east. Rain will taper off by the evening with highs reaching the mid to upper 40s. We’ll experience a drier day on Sunday, with more sunshine in the morning versus the afternoon. Clouds will build in toward the end of the day out ahead of our next weather system.

Temperatures are expected to fall into the mid to upper 30s Sunday night into Monday morning. I bring this up because another round of widespread rain and mountain snow will return around that time. Elevations between 1,000-2,000 feet could see some brief snow early Monday, and it’s possible we’ll see a wintry mix in our local hills. That being said, we aren’t anticipating any wintry mischief down at the valley floor, especially because temps will rise into the 40s later Monday. We’ll briefly dry out Tuesday before more rain and mountain snow return Wednesday – Thursday. Things are looking up for our ski resorts!

Have a great Friday!

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