This weekend is shaping up to be a dry, yet beautiful weekend. High pressure is sitting over our area causing the clouds and moisture to stay away. Overnight temperatures over the last few days have been very cold. Most areas have seen temperatures at or below freezing. In fact, warnings have been issued over the last few days for orchards in the valleys due to the cold temperatures. Sunday morning should be the last of the bitterly cold overnight lows. A FREEZE WARNING will go into effect at 2 a.m. Sunday until 9 a.m. Temperatures will not be quite as cold in the Rogue Valley, so the WARNING has been lifted there. The main areas that will be affected are the Shasta and Illinois Valleys. Monday morning will see temperatures at or above freezing, therefore no warning or watch has been issued at this time.
On the other hand, temperatures in the afternoon are getting above seasonal average. The Valleys will see highs in the 70′s Sunday and Monday afternoon. All other locations will still get high in the upper 50′s and 60′s. Monday will see the last of these warm temperatures as another storm system will work its way in Monday night.
This storm system will bring a series of cold fronts that will bring wind as well as drop some much needed precipitation. A very cold air mass is being pushed in behind these fronts and will drop snow levels down quite a bit. After the first cold front passes Monday night, snow levels on Tuesday will be around 4,500′+. After a second cold front on Tuesday night, snow levels will be around 3,500′ on Wednesday and Thursday. With the added onshore winds, precipitation will last until Thursday afternoon bringing a good chance for snow to the mountains Wednesday and Thursday. Hopefully these areas can get a little bit more snow pack before heading into the dry Spring coming up.
Thanks for logging on and have a great weekend!
Meteorologist Seth Phillips