Cool & Crisp Today, Improved Air Quality

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Viewers have been calling in all morning to let us know the roads are icy (near Merlin, also Foothill Road). Although the freezing fog has lifted, it seems the roads are still slick so drive carefully. Temperatures are getting off to a similar start across the Valley compared to yesterday but are much warmer over the Basin, a result of cloud cover.

More sun across West Side Valleys will bring slightly warmer afternoon temperatures today. Elsewhere though, the cooler air behind yesterday’s cold front will limit temperatures from reaching what they have been the past couple of days. 

This cold air will be short lived though, as yesterday’s storm system continues traveling south and east quickly. Another front will move through the area tomorrow afternoon. This will bring a better chance for precipitation than the last disturbance. As temperatures warm into Friday, snow levels will rise to about 6,000′. For this reason, mainly rain showers are anticipated tomorrow with no significant rain totals — maybe between roughly .15″-.30″ across the region.

Showers will be fairly consistent Friday afternoon through the overnight hours, but by Saturday morning showers will begin to wrap. The higher elevations will likely have showers lasting through lunchtime though. The remainder of the weekend will be dry and warmer than today, but clouds will hang around through early next week.

Medford, Klamath Falls & Mt. Shasta are on track for breaking an all time record for the year of 2013. So far, it has been the driest year on record in all three of the aforementioned cities. Almost an inch and a half of rain is needed before the end of the month in both Medford & Klamath Falls for it to NOT be the driest year ever & Mt. Shasta would need over 4.” This is very unlikely & it is looking very good that these records will be broken. These rain totals & the old records can be found on my Facebook page.

Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese