Cold Will Give Way To Rain This Weekend In Eugene Area

Jan 5, 2017

The frigid temperatures will stick around the Willamette Valley through Saturday according to the National Weather Service.

About 4 inches of snow fell in Eugene Wednesday.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The Eugene Airport experienced a record low of 13 degrees this morning and temps are forecast to be in the teens again tonight. Meteorologist Jeremiah Pyle says Wednesday's snowpack will stick around for a couple days, then we'll get rain.

Pyle: "And then it does look like we have a chance for some more wintery precipitation on Saturday. At this time, we're thinking for Eugene, probably starting out as sleet or freezing rain Saturday morning and then transitioning fairly quickly to all rain Saturday afternoon."  

Pyle says highs will go back up into the 40s early next week in the Willamette Valley. Oregon's cascades are forecast to get a lot more snow in the next week.

Pyle: "It looks like the snow pattern for the mountains will continue. So we're expecting quite a bit more this weekend and then we've got several systems coming through next week that look like they bring substantial snow to the mountains as well. So there will definitely be impacts to travel over the passes through the next week and it's nothing but good news for the ski resorts."

As of Thursday, Mount Bachelor is reporting 89 inches of snow. Travelers in the mountains are advised to carry chains, warm clothes, blankets and extra food and water.