Forecasters say the recent streak of warm weather will continue for at least a few more days. Kirsten Elson is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland. She says temperatures for the Willamette Valley will remain in the upper 70s to low 80s through Tuesday.
“It’s looking very nice,” Elson said. “We are anticipating maybe breaking some temperature records on the coast for this time of year. Consequently the snow is melting.”
Elson says that means cold temperatures in mountain rivers. She says that’s cause for caution among people going to the rivers to swim, tube, or boat.
Regionally, hydrologists say snowpack is lower than normal in most of Oregon’s mountain regions, around 84 percent of the normal level.
Some areas east of the Cascades will experience stormier weather soon. Clouds and storms will move across central and eastern Oregon early in the week.
Clouds and cooler temperatures return to Western Oregon Tuesday as well.