An upper level low just off the coastline will continue to bring bands of precipitation through our region into this evening. Skies cleared last night ahead of the approaching front long enough for a strong enough inversion to form, keeping temperatures on the cooler side in the Valley. This allowed for snow rather than rain to fall for much of Friday. Light rain showers will eventually turn to snow showers this evening as temperatures cool into the upper 20′s. For the most part, there will be little in the way of accumulation on roadways, with pavement temperatures simply too warm for snow to stick. However, any development of freezing fog will add to the already slick roadways overnight. Snow levels will remain at about 1300′ into the morning, and the snow showers should come to end by daybreak.
By Saturday midday, weak high pressure will build in and keep conditions dry over the next several days. The weekend looks nice for all areas, until our next system arrives New Years Eve. We are beginning to see a pattern at this point, with many approaching storms splitting to both our North and South. Fortunately, Monday’s storm splits before it has the chance to move inland and bring wet weather to the Rogue Valley or Basin. As of now, the Coast and Siskiyou County are the areas expected to see precipitation from this system. However, this could very well change over the next two days, as splitting storms are quite difficult to forecast among the different computer models!
Once this system moves through, all regions are dry for New Years Day! Enjoy the holidays and be safe!