Where is the December rain? On the way with snow

Rain in the valley and snow -- lots of it -- in the mountains

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) –  The dry December we've seen this year -- only 41/100ths of an inch of rain as of December 18 -- is going to finally get some decent rain, which will likely double the rain total for this month.

This system will arrive early Tuesday morning and stick around until Wednesday morning, with potentially 1-inch totals for the valley, plus locally higher amounts across western Washington and Oregon.

With the heavy rain in the valley, that means the mountains are going to get some solid snow. There will likely be a foot of snow for the resorts and -- if everything plays out to recent model trends -- possibly upwards of 20+ inches.

This is the largest system that we will see in the coming days because conditions look to dry out for the holiday weekend.

By this weekend, temperatures are trending towards the mid-to-upper 30s with overnight temperatures in the 20s. If you were hoping for a snowy holiday, it looks to be dry and sunny.


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