PORTLAND, Oregon — What a nice way to finish off our weekend. Valley fog broke much earlier today and most of the region enjoyed plenty of sunshine. We have lots of sun in our 7-day forecast... but first... a quick shot of rain and some wind late tonight into Monday.
Our next rainmaker comes ashore overnight tonight with gusty south wind at the Coast. Rain sweeps through the region during the day on Monday, with Cascade snow levels eventually dropping back below the passes. Ski areas stand to pick up a quick 3 to 6 of fresh powder before this system departs.
Sunshine returns on Tuesday and the east wind kicks up by evening. The east wind will be the dominant feature in our weather for mid week. Wind gusts on the east side of Portland, and on the more exposed east-facing hills across the valley may reach the 30-40mph range at times on Wednesday.
The wind will also keep some areas -like Portland- from getting too cold at night, but away from the influence of that east wind, expect several nights of below freezing low temperatures.
Here's a look at Futurecast for the week ahead: you'll see the rain Monday, and lots of sun thereafter:
By late week the wind subsides, which may allow valley fog to become more of a factor. This may also lead to some reduced air quality in areas not stirred up by a gentler east breeze.
For now, we don't see any rain in the forecast Tuesday through Saturday, and it's possible the dry streak runs out several days beyond. That's pretty noteworthy considering December is -on average- Portland's second wettest month of the year.
Stay safe and take good care of each other.