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Don’t let it rain on your Thanksgiving Day Parade…

Winter Weather Arriving

Attention, Oregon residents! Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and there are multiple things to look out for. First, the weather. This unusually dry November is officially over. Rain and snow are moving in to take its place (but there are still fun Thanksgiving events to look forward to).

According to the National Weather Service in Portland: “A series to frontal systems will bring occasional valley rain and Cascade snow to Western Oregon.” Additionally, “rain is expected to continue into the weekend with heaviest rainfall expected Thanksgiving afternoon.”

At higher elevations, a few inches of snow can be expected as well. This could include Santiam and Willamette passes. There may also be heavier snowfall higher in the ski areas. Forecasters warn: “The first front will move into the area Wednesday. Another stronger front will move into the area on Thanksgiving, bringing rain, gusty winds to the coast and snow to the Cascades.”

So, if you are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, plan accordingly. Winter driving conditions begin now. But, if you’re spending the weekend in Eugene, temperatures are expected to be in the high 40s to low 50s. There will be rain on Thursday.

Eugene’s Thanksgiving Activities

Despite approaching winter-weather, however, Thanksgiving festivities are still underway. For example, Eugene’s annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot! Runners (and walkers) will follow the loop along the Ruth Bascom Trail network, along the banks of the Willamette River. Also, donated dry and canned food products will be brought to FOOD For Lane County!

Meanwhile, during a calm between the storms, check out the Festival of Trees! This is also occurring in Eugene: today through Sunday. This holiday tradition showcases 50+ decorated trees, wreaths, and candy cane forest. The Festival of Trees will lead you into Oregon’s holiday season.

So, rain, snow, or shine, Eugene’s Thanksgiving festivities are sure to please residents and visitors alike. Stay safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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