Another unseasonably warm day on Tuesday with highs 10 to 15 degrees above average for this time of the year making it feel more like Spring than mid-Winter! Spring officially starts on the vernal equinox on March 20, less than a month away. Tuesday will bring highs closer to records than averages though it does not look like we’ll break any records as Medford’s record to beat is 79 and Klamath Falls is 66. Today Montague was the closest to breaking a record just a degree shy in fact hitting 69 today.
A low pressure system will slide into central and northern California on Wednesday bringing our next chance for showers Wednesday afternoon into Thursday, but the bulk of the precipitation will be south of our region. The next low pressure approaching the west coast is set to arrive Friday and Saturday though latest model runs show this system moving further and further south. This means rain and snow may miss us and center its bulls-eye over central and southern California, but any rain on the west coast is good news! Central and Southern California drought conditions are worse than ours here in southern Oregon and Siskiyou county; they are in an ‘Extreme’ and ‘Exceptional’ drought while we are in a better drought conditions at ‘Severe’ and ‘Moderate’ drought currently.
Stay tuned to Newswatch12 as we continue to track these two storms this week and continue to monitor our drought conditions. Thanks for logging on and have a great evening!
Meteorologist Megan Parry