Brutally Cold Air this Week

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A cold front is just about through our region with breezy conditions only left on the east side this evening and those will taper off overnight as the front finishes passing through. Showers have also greatly decreased and the heaviest rain and snow is over with only a few light isolated showers tonight into early tomorrow morning. Shower activity will be finished by early tomorrow morning with most areas seeing fairly dry conditions after midnight. Snow levels will be dropping overnight to the valley floor which means we could see light snow in the valleys but expect little to no accumulation. All passes have the potential for snow covered roads by the morning though little accumulation is possible on Sexton and Sisikiyou Summits and will melt off quickly through the morning. Ice and black ice  are possible across all areas by the morning and precautions should be taken when heading out.

By the afternoon more sunshine will move in though temperatures will not warm much through the day as the airmass is an arctic cold one. This is also a very dry airmass which means fog formation is less likely this week, but for areas that do see fog form overnight lows won’t be quite as cold. Medford could break a record low on Thursday with a forecast of 19 degrees and a record of 18 degrees. The reason we won’t likely beat any other records is because we’ll be competing with the cold air from 1972 with brought lows in Klamath Falls 19 and 22 degrees BELOW zero!

Cold air will be with us through the week and another storm system will arrive Friday which will bring a better chance for widespread snow even in the valleys. This is worth a mention as could impact travel plans and commutes early Friday. This system is still several days out and timing and snow totals will be tweaked as we approach the end of the week. Another storm is likely  on Sunday.

Thanks for logging on and have a great evening!

Meteorologist Megan Parry