A weak front will continue to push through our area this morning bringing light isolated showers at the coast into the Umpqua Basin and the Cascades, then all areas will dry out this afternoon and we’ll see some sunshine return. A stronger, yet still weak, cold front will bring more widespread showers late Saturday into very early Sunday and breezy conditions to the mountains and east side during the day Saturday. Most showers will fall overnight Saturday and this system looks to be a bit more juicy than originally thought bringing moderate rain at times to the coast and moderate snow to the mountains with snow levels to 3,000 feet, but I still think most inland areas will see light showers.
St. Patrick’s Day we dry out again and see the return of some afternoon sunshine, a trend that continues into Monday before a strong cold front bring widespread moderate to heavy rain and gusty winds to the area Tuesday and Wednesday. The flow will be optimal to the rain shadow effect in most areas in the Rogue Valley, in particular the Medford area, so we’ll most likely see light rain again while surrounding areas see the heavier precipitation. This system is expected to bring moderate to heavy snow to the mountains as well and may lead to hazardous winter travel as we officially start Spring!
Remember to look for the comet Pan-STARRS just after sunset, so around 7:25 through the weekend, just look to the west! Share your weather photos with me on Facebook and I may use them during the morning show! Thanks for logging on and have a great St. Patrick’s Day Weekend!
Meteorologist Megan Parry