As a train of storms continues to move off the Pacific Ocean, colder air will press farther south over the weekend into the Portland area.
Temperatures will dip to their lowest levels of the season so far during the day and night this weekend. High temperatures will be in the 50s. Temperatures can dip close to 40 degrees at night.
While it will not get cold enough to snow in the Portland area Saturday and Sunday, the event will bring the lowest snow levels of the season so far throughout the Northwest.
During the weekend, snow levels will dip to near 3,000 feet on the southern Washington Cascades and to near 4,000 feet on average over the Oregon Cascades.
It will snow at pass level. The first slushy accumulation is possible on roadways in the high country.
Temperatures will not be in a hurry to bounce back early next week.
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After a period of above-average temperatures across most of the Midwest and Northeast last week, a complete reversal in the weather pattern will move in this week.
A new round of thunderstorms will bring the risk of severe weather across parts of central Texas and Oklahoma to the lower Mississippi Valley.
Due to the positive feedback, the National Weather Service has expanded their former, experimental Impact Based Warnings to include the Southern region for the spring of 2015.
As residents are far from over with the recent cold winter across the Great Lakes, Mother Nature will bring the return of snowflakes to the region this week.
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Midland, TX (1989)
101 degrees -- first 100 degree or higher reading in April since 1930.
Eastern New England (1991)
Deepening coastal storm: central pressure near 29.00", 55 mph winds and 3.32" of rain at Boston. Portland, ME, had 1.54" of rain in three hours. Two homes in Manchester, NH, partially unroofed. Wind gust to 128 mph on Mt. Washington. Final rain total for Portland was 4.21".
Greensboro, NC (1992)
Rainfall of 3.87".