A serious of storm systems is going to bring rain and gusty winds to the region beginning Monday afternoon through Wednesday. This next storm system will be taping into tropical moisture which means snow levels will remain high, between 6,000 and 7,000 feet, and there will be plenty of moisture to bring heavy rains. The hardest hit areas will be the coast, coast range and Cascades with lighter accumulations on the east side and west side valleys. That said, since there will be several round of energy bringing rain all areas will be able to pick up ample rain into Wednesday. Periods of heavy rain at times are possible, especially for west side areas.
Winds will also be increasing into the overnight hours Monday and during the day Tuesday with gusts up to 45 mph possible at the coast, ridges and east side. Since snow levels will remain high there will be minimal winter weather impacts, through Crater Lake, Mt. Ashland and Mt. Shasta could pick up several inches of snow by Wednesday. Snow levels Wednesday will be quite a bit lower closer to 4,000 feet overnight, but any precipitation left over will bring only light showers.
Thursday into the weekend we’ll return to morning valley fog and increasing sunshine during the afternoons. Temperatures in the overnight hours will be some of the coldest of the season so far with our first freeze in Medford likely.
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Meteorologist Megan Parry