Clouds from the next system that will bring rain to our region are beginning to move onshore now. The coast will see a chance for showers late this evening as a result. For the rest of Southern Oregon and Siskiyou County, conditions will be mainly dry. We will see an increase in cloud cover over the Rogue Valley, and in the Mountains. East of the Cascades, skies will remain mostly clear. This will really allow for temperatures to drop this evening, in some places into the single digits, and freezing fog will develop overnight. With roads already still recovering from the last storm, slick spots are most certainly something to be cautious of into the morning! Fog and freezing fog will also develop in the Rogue Valley, so please be careful on the roadways!
The timing of Friday’s storm is still a little uncertain, as the computer models are continuing to differ. Because this disturbance will be splitting as it approaches the coastline, it is a little more difficult to predict than other systems. Most of the energy heads southward, into central California. As of now, it seems as though light precipitation will spread inland by midday, and east of the Cascades by the afternoon and evening. Snow levels will be about 2,500′, and only a trace to 2″ are expected in the higher elevations. Remnants of the storm will linger into Saturday morning, so early showers are expected before a drier air mass moves in for the remainder of the day and weekend!
The next chance for some wet weather in our region will be on New Years Eve! Stay tuned for the forecast for both New Years Eve and New Years Day!