Freezing Rain Potential Tonight

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A cold front is beginning to bring showers to the area and even a few snow flurries to the Grants Pass area. As the front continues to push through the region the chance for rain moves inland, and that includes the threat for localized areas of freezing rain this evening and overnight, mainly for west side valleys of southern Oregon with only a slight chance for the east side and Shasta Valley tonight. By 8PM the threat for freezing rain will move into the southern Rogue Valley area including Medford and Ashland. Rain that hits snow and ice covered spots and areas that stay in the shade through the day will freeze on impact creating increasingly slick roadways, and any rain that stay as liquid will freeze overnight tonight. This means that by your morning commute roads will be worse than today and everyone should drive slow and keep your headlights on so other vehicles can see you clearly. Temperatures Friday afternoon will finally climb above freezing which means we’ll begin melting off the snow and ice that remains on the roads and sidewalks.

Afternoon highs will remain will remain above freezing for all inland areas into the weekend with continued warming into next week which means after tomorrow morning road conditions will improve each day due to melting. Areas of dense freezing fog have developed the last few mornings and that will continue this weekend which can make roads slick in places as well as reduced visibility. How long the fog lingers will determine how much warming we can accomplish through the day into next week.

If you see freezing rain, send in your reports with time and location on Facebook or Twitter! Thanks for logging on and have a great and safe evening!

Meteorologist Megan Parry