A break from the storms on our Christmas Eve, but we will see that fog return that may be dense at times. Although we’re dry, driving conditions may still be hazardous at times due to icy roads and with fog reducing visibility. Drive carefully as you head to any holiday gatherings/events and check road conditions before heading out, some mountain passes still require chains. You can find a link to ODOT’s website under weather links.
A cold front will start to impact the region tonight as winds start to pick up ahead of that system. The strongest hit areas of wind will be the usual places, the coast, mountains and areas further east as well as the Shasta and Summer Valleys. Winds may make travel difficult for Santa and his reindeer even but it looks like he won’t have to face the rain and snow when he makes his delivers! The case as you wake up to open those presents as early morning rain and snow will hit area. Snow levels will start around 2,000 feet when the snow begins and climb to around 3,500 feet during the day. With snow levels at 2,000 feet that means that if we get heavy snow, which acts to cool the atmosphere and thus drop the snow level, areas just below 2,000 feet, like Ashland, may wake up to a white Christmas! I think most areas in the valley will just have rain, but there is a slimmer of a chance! Rain and snow will be heavy at times impacting areas already hit hard by last weeks storms, again the possibilities of power outages due to downed trees and power lines, landslides and road collapses, and road closures exist. You can find out how to be prepared for winter weather travel and hazardous conditions on the weather homepage. Rain and snow will continue Wednesday, but Christmas day will be the heavy precipitation day, and a few areas may see a shower or two linger into Thursday. Thursday and Friday high pressure builds in so that means fog returns and also much cooler temperatures once the cold front exists leaving behind a very cold airmass. High’s in the valleys will hover right above the freezing mark while overnight lows in the basin will be in the teens to single-digits.
With even colder temperatures on the way, be prepared by leaving your faucets dripping so your pipes don’t freeze and with a continued chance for power outages make sure you have a way to stay warm if your power is out for an extended period of time. We saw this with the last storms and we could see it again tomorrow.
Merry Christmas to you and all of yours! Stay warm, happy and healthy this holiday season. Thanks for logging on and have a wonderful Christmas Eve.
Meteorologist Megan Parry