Get ready everybody, this going to be a weekend I think were going to remember here in the Pacific Northwest. Not one but two weather events will hit the region in the next 72 hours.
Cold continues to leak out of the Columbia River Gorge and through the Cascades. A low pressure area will develop off the coast tonight and bring snow down to the valley floor Saturday.
If you're traveling to Eugene for the Civil war game I've bad and good news. First the bad, if you're leaving out of Portland mid-morning you'll be be looking at snow on the windshield. The good news is I don't think the snow amount to more than a trace to possibly 1" on the valley floor. The snow won't fall much further south than Wilsonville. More snow is likely in the hills around Portland.
If you're in the Columbia River Gorge, The Cascades then you're looking at a major snow event Saturday, with snow levels slowly rising.
Sunday, our second weather event arrives, a powerful wind storm. The remains to two old Pacific Typhoons have combined. While the storms are no longer actual typhoons they will still pack a punch! Sundays storms are still well offshore but computer models have them reaching us late Sunday morning with winds increasing through the day and peaking early Monday. Rainfall amounts will be substantial. Nearly 2" locally. On the Washington Coast up to 7" is Possible.
Wind speeds on the coast could easily exceed 70mph with regular gusts over 90mph! It may sound obvious--but winds that powerful can cause severe damage to homes and property.
Temperatures will climb from the 30s Saturday to near 60 by Monday. A lot of the recent snow in the mountains will melt and may help push rivers over there banks. Bottom line it's going to be weekend to remember! Things finally settle down by Monday late morning. Except for picking up the pieces, we'll be back to pretty normal conditions by Tuesday.