Rain Last 24 Hrs. Trace
Rainfall for November 0.33"
Departure from Normal: -2.49"
Rainfall for water year October 1st 2018- September 30th 2019: 3.76" Departure from Normal: -2.06"
Rain since Jan. 1st (Annual): 19.69" Departure from Normal: - 8.04
East Wind conditions persist through most of the weekend
Once again our main weather feature in the region is a strong ridge of high pressure. That high is anchored east of the Cascades, and it continues to keep the storm track well away from the region, into Canada. The location of the area of high pressure is also creating another East Wind event for us. This one will not last quite as long as the last one, only through late afternoon on Sunday. But gusts continue to be strong, especially at the West End of the Columbia River Gorge where we're seeing sustained winds at Crown Point in the 20-30 mph range, and gust in the 40-50 mph range.
Please be careful if you do want to go up there to brave those windy conditions. That strong of wind can knock you down, wing your car door out of your hand and more.
Portland and Vancouver's East side and higher elevations are feeling the effects of that wind, too. Strong gusts continue in those areas through most of the weekend.
The East Wind is also warming up the Coast a little. Daytime highs are expected in the mid to upper 50s. The wind has also cleared out skies out considerably, and wildfire smoke from CA is no longer a problem for the Willamette Valley and surrounding areas.
But that doesn't mean everyone is problem free when it comes to Air Quality. Air Stagnation Advisories go into effect Sunday through Wednesday as high pressure creates sinking air over areas of Southern Oregon, and Central and Eastern OR and WA. That sinking air, tends to create inversions that trap the cold and particulate matter at the surface.
We are expecting to see a change in the forecast at mid-week though. The ridge finally gives way to a series of systems with rain and lowering snow levels in the mountains.
As it stands now, we expect rain to arrive Tuesday night into Wednesday. Another system on Thanksgiving Day will keep conditions wet. And another Saturday will make it wet for the weekend. Snow levels will drop down to pass level by Friday, so plan for changes road conditions if you are traveling through the mountains for the holiday.
Today - Clear, sunny, windy - 56
Tonight - Clear, windy - 37
Sunday - Clear, sunny, wind decreasing PM - 54
Monday - Sunny, colder - 53
Tuesday - Still dry, sunny - 54
Wednesday - Mostly cloudy, rain - 52
Thanksgiving Day - Rain - 51
Meteorologist Mary Loos
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