Rain and snow showers will continue this evening across the region. Snow levels are around 2,000 feet and snow has been reported in O’Brien. Snow also has been reported on Andrews Road in SW Medford, at an elevation of about 2,800′. It’s possible snow levels drop this evening to 1,500′ during a heavier shower. Expect icy and even snow packed roads in the higher elevations on some of the roadways through the evening. Little to no accumulation is expected with developing showers this evening. Winds are currently out of the South, Southwest allowing for downsloping winds (and warming) in the Rogue Valley. This will prevent many snow showers from developing. It is possible Ashland and some of the Foothills see a snow shower this evening but most of the Valley will see rain.
By the morning the region will have a 1,500′ snow level but the area of low pressure bringing the moisture to our region will be too far South for this to be a problem. Roads could certainly be slick in many locations though for the morning commute, so drive carefully! . Some of the computer models are showing a very week disturbance moving South, Southeasterly through Southwestern Oregon and Northern California Saturday afternoon, but if any moisture does reach the ground it will most likely be in the form of drizzle and confined to the Coast.
High pressure will build into the region for the weekend, beginning Friday midday, and a mix of sun and clouds will be the recurring theme through the middle of next week. Morning fog, and cooler overnight temperatures will accompany this next air mass.
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