Much Needed Rain On The Way

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A cold front will pass through the region this afternoon bringing some light showers to the coast (mainly the north coast) into the Umpqua Basin and potentially a shower or two reaching the northern Cascades. Behind the cold front a trough will settle over the Pacific Northwest and this will bring more widespread much needed rain after midnight through tomorrow with showers continuing Friday. To put into perspective how much we need the rain, here’s a look at the departures from normal for the water year across our region:

North Bend: -20.62″

Roseburg: 8.09″

Medford: -.40″

Klamath Falls: -6.13″

Mt. Shasta: -13.36″

Alturas: -4.61″

This rain hopefully will be enough to keep Fire Season at bay in Josephine and Jackson county even though it’s already begun in Klamath and Lake counties.

This weekend a weak ridge will build in briefly providing seasonable temperatures and a mix of sun and clouds. We return to a zonal flow by Tuesday which will bring cooler temperatures and open the storm door again. Next week could be more active weather-wise, it will be something we will continue to monitor.

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Meteorologist Megan Parry