Tonight will remain dry into the morning, and temperatures will continue to be below average in most places! The Coast should be mostly cloudy for much of the evening, while the rest of the area sits under partly cloudy to mostly clear skies. After midnight it’s possible the Rogue Valley could see some higher clouds filter in with Saturday’s approaching storm. We get off to a dry start, but by midday rain will begin along the Coast, and progress further inland by early and late afternoon for both the Rogue Valley and the Basin. This is another splitting storm, and with today’s latest model runs, the split occurs closer to the coastline, resulting in a widespread & wetter event than if the split were to occur further West.
Snow levels will rise Saturday morning with a warm front to our North, and by afternoon when the rain arrives they will be around 3,500′-4,000′. As the cold front passes Saturday evening, snow levels will drop to about 2,500′. In the overnight hours expect rain to mix with snow and even change to snow in some locations. Roads will most certainly be slick, and the overpasses will be dangerous to drive through overnight. The heaviest precipitation will be in Northern California and the Western Siskiyous could see 2”-3”, and locally higher amounts, the way things look right now. Again, these storms are quite difficult to forecast and it is quite possibly intensity and timing could change over the next 12-24 hours. The Cascades are looking at 1”-2” from this storm, the Coast about 1/2”-1/4” of rain, and the Rogue Valley little to no accumulation. If anything, a trace could be possible in some locations, but mainly just grassy surfaces, bridges, overpasses, etc.
By Sunday, precipitation should be much less widespread. Showers will linger through the day, and after the sun comes up and light showers in the Rogue Valley will change to solely rain. Another storm system moves in Monday next week, and also Tuesday into Wednesday. The way things look now, this could be a significant storm and drop a large amount of rain/snow in all locations. We will follow it closely as the weekend progresses so stay tuned to NewsWatch12! Thanks for logging on!