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Frosty Night May Impact Crops

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The system that brought us rain yesterday including a record breaking daily rainfall in Alturas of 0.47″ breaking the old record of 0.45″ in 1935, has pushed into Nevada and we are now under the influence of a trough which will continue the chance for isolated showers this morning. I think most areas will be dry all day today but a pop up light shower is possible, with the best chance at the higher elevations. With snow levels starting off around 2,100 feet any showers this morning will be in the form of snow or a rain/snow mix. There may be road impacts, mainly for roads above 4,000 feet, black ice has been reported in Chiloquin and snow covers Lake of the Woods and Diamond Lake Summit. With cold temperatures and wet roads the potential for spots of ice on roads will be there through the morning.

High pressure will build in tomorrow and that will calm winds which will still be breezy this afternoon, especially along and east of the Cascades. With calmer winds and clearing skies tonight will be the coldest night we’ve seen in weeks with temperatures dipping to or below freezing for most inland areas. The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning and Frost Advisory for East Curry, Josephine, Jackson and central Siskiyou counties. This freeze potential may impact agriculture and thus precautions should be taken tonight to prevent crop damage. Since we haven’t seen freezing temperatures in awhile remember to bring in any sensitive plants and animals if possible, if not be sure your outdoor animals have drinkable unfrozen water overnight.

Even with a cold start to the morning tomorrow afternoon will be about ten to fifteen degrees warmer than we have been for days with a return to seasonable temperatures. Tomorrow will be a great day to dress in layers!  Our next chance for showers arrives late Wednesday, but looks to be more showery then the past several storms.

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Meteorologist Megan Parry