A low pressure located to our north is taking its time moving south into our region while the cut-off low to our west it’s also moving slowly further south. A band of clouds from the cut-off low to the west is streaming across our northern and eastern locations at this time and will spread south tonight. Clouds will continue to increase as the low off the Washington coast slides south. Moisture with this second system is limiting but we’ll see a few showers develop after midnight and continue into Monday, though showers will be light and isolated. The Cascades will see the best chance for showers and could pick up 1 to 2 inches and with snow levels down to 1,500 feet even the valleys could see a few snow flurries, though do not expect any accumulation. Many areas may not see any rain on Monday and even the sunshine will make an appearance for many locations.
Drier and cooler conditions return as we head into the work week with the coldest air set to arrive on Thursday and Friday with the brunt of the arctic air hitting the east side. Thursday will bring a chance for showers, mainly in northern California with a better chance for a decent rain and snow event this weekend. The high pressure ridge that has been in control of the west coast will slide further west and this will bring the potential for a pattern change and open up the storm door. With high pressure still present in the west this could change quickly if it nudges further east back over our region. Models continue to show a decent storm this weekend with the heaviest precipitation falling in Curry, Josephine, east Douglas, and west Siskiyou counties while the storm track is one that brings lighter precipitation to the Rogue and Shasta Valley. Perhaps this is indicative of Phil’s forecast of six more weeks of winter!
Thanks for logging on and have a great week!
Meteorologist Megan Parry