Cool & Wet Start to the Week

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Another cold front will move through tonight returning rain to the region and gusty winds along and east of the Cascades. A trough will settle over the area through Wednesday which will bring the coldest temperatures we’ve seen since Summer began and snow levels will drop to 5,000 feet by Tuesday morning. While most areas around 5,000 feet will see only see up to an inch of snow, areas above 6,000 feet could potentially see 2 to 4 inches of snow! Morning temperatures Thursday through Saturday on the east side will be at or below the freezing mark, most likely putting an end to the growing season for that area. All of this after the hottest Summer on record for Medford, Roseburg and Montague! What a quick turnaround we’ve made, in fact, Medford has already seen 1.13″ of rain in September which makes it the wettest September so far since 1989…and we have more rain on the way!

Rain will continue through Wednesday with a chance for thunderstorms, mainly over the Pacific but a few could make their way inland. We transition back to a warm and dry pattern to the end the week into the weekend. Until then highs will continue to remain 15-25 degrees below normal; temperatures over night will drop quickly into Thursday morning as clouds clear and I imagine the National Weather Service will issue a Freeze Warning for the east side both Thursday and Friday morning.

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Meteorologist Megan Parry