After an active weather weekend that brought over a foot of snow at Crater Lake, over two inches of rain to areas of the coast and hurricane force wind gusts to the Siskiyous we transition back to mild conditions this week. With sunny skies and warm temperatures in the mountains snow will melt this week, while this does mean road conditions will improve each day, overnight black ice will form and the slopes once again will struggle to open. The official report from Sunday morning at Mt. Ashland was only 5 inches of snow, though we may have picked up a couple more inches during the day today. Other snow reports include up to 6 inches in Klamath Falls and 10 inches at Lake of the Woods. As for rain, the coast picked up anywhere from half an inch to 2 inches, near Gold Hill we saw 1.10″, near O’Brien 1.89″ while Medford saw .42″ and Grants Pass picked up .67″. Thunderstorms were reported along the coast and as far inland as the Illinois Valley with the most lightning strikes hitting in Curry county. Wind gusts reached hurricane force in Coos county and in the Siskiyous with the highest report of 89mph near Butte Falls and 74mph in Coos county inland from the coast.
As we head into the work week we transition back to mild and dry weather as high pressure builds back into the area. This means mild and sunny conditions for most areas while west side valleys will remain cool with fog and low clouds. Fog will be dense at times and some areas will see freezing fog, motorists should take precautions. Morning lows on the east side will be quite cold this week back into the teens and single digits but will warm quickly to the mid to upper 40s in the afternoons. The Chetco Effect will return at the coast which will bring plenty of sunshine along the coast and temperatures along the Chetco River will climb into the 60s potentially even the 70s in some spots! While valley locations stuck in the fog will struggle to climb out of the 30s.
Thank you to everyone who shared their storm reports with me this weekend! Thanks for logging on and have a great evening!
Meteorologist Megan Parry