A cold front will move through the area today bringing heavy rain at times to areas west of the Cascades and in northern California, as well as gusty winds. This is a fast moving system and thus the rain shadow will be a factor for the east side of the Rogue Valley including Medford and Ashland with higher amounts for areas further west. The next systems that pass through will not move as quickly and will have more of a westerly flow which will combine to lessen the rain shadow effect leading to better chances for decent rain for all of the Rogue Valley starting late Friday through Monday. The heaviest rain and strongest winds will be ahead of the cold front this afternoon and evening and will lighten up a bit during the morning tomorrow before the second front arrives.
The second front will bring rain and breezy conditions late Friday with the bulk of the rain falling in the overnight hours and then lightening up again Saturday morning. A weaker disturbance will continue showers Saturday and the final cold front pushes through Sunday ramping up the rain yet again, continuing into early Monday. With Sunday’s storm snow levels will drop to 3,000 feet at times and may lead to some pass travel problems by Monday morning. Expecting snow accumulations to be light for the most part below 5,000 feet.
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Meteorologist Megan Parry