Our next storm system is beginning to usher in clouds from our north. Temperatures were starting off cooler this morning, but are now beginning to run warmer over northern parts of the forecast area as a result. High temperatures this afternoon will be similar to yesterday, but most areas will become mostly cloudy for the second half of the day.
Snow levels will be on the rise today, rising to about 6,000′ into this evening. This will allow for most of the showers that develop over Southern Oregon to be in the form of rain. The shower activity will move in by late afternoon, spreading gradually from NW to SE over the region. The bulk of the rain will arrive into this evening, but it is likely that scattered showers will develop ahead of the front and travel south into Southern Oregon prior to this evening.
In terms of rainfall, this is not an impressive storm. Rough estimates are between .10″ and 0.30″ with a few inches of snow above 5,000′ through the overnight hours. Any totals will not even put a dent in the amount of rain/snow we have lacked for the calendar year, and Medford, Klamath Falls and Mt Shasta will continue to be on track for their driest years ever.
Linger showers Saturday morning will be confined to the Coast and Cascades but all wet weather will come to an end by midday. With the exception of clouds, the weekend will be fairly quiet following this system …with dry conditions anticipated through next week. A large ridge of high pressure currently sitting over the Pacific will begin shifting east through this time period, potentially allowing for dense fog to return into West Side Valleys.
Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese