High pressure will build in this week which will keep quite and cool weather with us through Thursday and thus air quality for valley locations will deteriorate as an inversion sets up. You can get the most up to date air quality levels on the weather homepage under the weather links. We have one more bitter cold morning to get through before we gradually start to warm up into the weekend. Tomorrow morning will be less cold than this morning and won’t likely break as many, if any, records, like today. Lakeview broke an all time record this morning dropping to 27 degrees! Silver Lake was just 16 shy of Oregon’s all time record low at 38 below zero. Other records broken include Klamath Falls which dropped to -20, Alturas reached -27 which ties a record and Montague dropped to -7, all of these records tie or break the 1972 records. Medford didn’t beat any records, but it was the coldest air we’ve seen in almost a quarter of a century and southern Oregon and northern California were colder than the majority of Alaska today!
Temperatures will rebound to more seasonal normals by Thursday when the next disturbance moves through bringing mostly rain to the area as snow levels will be between 4,000 and 5,000 feet. This will be a more typical system for this time of the year with more rain hitting the coast and Cascades the most with lighter totals inland and for the valleys.
Roads will be slick and icy tomorrow with sub-freezing temperatures yet again re-freezing any water left on the roadways. Drive slowly, keep your headlights on and stay safe and warm! Thanks for logging on and have a great evening!