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Rain, wind, cooler temperatures expected

The slight drops in temperatures seen at the tail end of the week are only the precursor to a system expected to hit beginning Sunday and lasting through Tuesday.

“We’re looking at our first winter event of the season,” said Drew Pederson, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.

Temperatures are expected to reach
a high of 70 degrees today but drop to the 60s by Sunday and the 50s Monday and Tuesday.



Those cold temperatures are part of a cold front coming from the Gulf of Alaska, Pederson said, that is bringing moisture with it. He predicted at least an inch of rain Monday with the possibility of snow levels beginning at an elevation of 5,500 feet.

“There may be some concern with the commute Monday morning,” Pederson said.




With the first major rain of the season, Pederson said that there is a possibility of accumulated debris clogging drains and scorched land from wildfires developing into debris flows.

The lowest temperatures are expected Monday night, which could drop as low as just above freezing. Gusty winds of 30 to 45 miles an hour are also expected.

“It will be a fairly significant event,” Pederson said.

— Christopher Rosacker


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