The story for the rest of the week and into next week is the definition of micro-climates in that we’ll see a mixed bag of weather across our region with rain, snow and fog. Today we’ll see showers, rain at the lower elevations and snow above 2,500 feet, that will be dying off through the day and by the afternoon most areas will be dry. Tonight fog will return to the valleys and basins but we’ll remain dry through Thursday. Then Friday another cold front moves through bringing rain and snow showers back into the forecast, this system isn’t as juicy as the one that passed through yesterday so not as much rain or snow is expected. However, this weekend a more powerful front will approach bringing heavier rain and snow to the area. Late Saturday and Sunday we could see 10-15″ above 4,000 to 5,500, followed by another strong cold front late Tuesday and Wednesday bringing 12-18 inches above 4,000 to 5,500. The front Saturday into Sunday will drop snow levels down to 2,000 feet and locally down to 1,500 feet that means Ashland could see snow!
We may get a break from the rain and snow late Sunday into Monday before the next cold front moves through late Monday into Tuesday, but some areas could see rain/snow continue from Saturday through Wednesday. We are switching from sub-tropical storms that brought heavy rains with little snow, to more artic storms due to cold fronts so we’ll see more winter-like weather. Be sure to be prepared for winter weather driving, you can find out more on the weather page with the videos from the winter weather special. Be sure to carry chains and know how to put them on if driving to the high country.
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Meteorologist Megan Parry