It has been 83 days since a measurable amount of rain has fallen at the Medford airport, that was back on July 20th. In Grants Pass this is the longest dry spell since 1948; but this trend is about to end. Rain moves in at the coast today with a few areas inland seeing rain as well as we head into the evening hours. Not all areas west of the Cascades will see rain today but by the end of the event on Tuesday there is a good chance rain will have reached your region. This first cold front passing through today will mostly be the cause of cooler temperatures, rain at the coast and just inland and winds picking up tonight along and east of the Cascades. Any rain that lingers tomorrow should be weakening by late morning and rain should be holding off again until Sunday evening, so overall the weekend should be fairly dry.
A second, stronger cold front will pass through Sunday into Monday bringing a better chance for rain especially to areas west of the Cascades and strong winds again to the east side. Fire weather concerns are possible for areas who get strong winds without the rain. By midweek high pressure builds in return us to a sunny and dry pattern.
Meteorologist Megan Parry