PORTLAND, Ore — We’re closing in on 7″ of rain for the month of December, and we’ll have no problem topping that over the next 36 hours.

A lull in rain this morning gives way to steadier precipitation this afternoon and evening, especially for areas south of Portland. Temperatures remain within a few degrees of 50 throughout the day- not much change there today.

Cascade snow levels start around 4,500′ feet today and slowly drop, below pass level this evening. Meanwhile, ski resorts should get a reasonable amount of fresh snow- 4-8″ seems pretty likely with higher amounts to the south.

In the wake of Friday’s storm system, showers diminish Saturday. Rain will be increasingly confined to the Coast Range and Cascades.

It looks like western Oregon and SW Washington get a dry day to kick off the New Year.  Sunday starts with fog, and may finish with a few sunbreaks. Highs this weekend generally remain in the 40s.

Wet weather returns next week, likely sometime Monday afternoon. Snow levels will initially be around 1,000′ as that first system arrives. We’ll be on & off wet for the first week of 2023.

Have a great Friday, stay safe and take good care of one another.

Chris McGinness
KGW Meteorologist

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