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Showers Continue As Temperatures Climb

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A weak low pressure will move through our region today bringing isolated showers through the morning turning to more widespread showers this afternoon and breezy conditions this evening east of the Cascades and in Siskiyou county. Tomorrow we’ll continue to see showers, mainly in the afternoon, and they will be even lighter than today and once again becoming more scattered in the afternoon. With a more Spring pattern we’ll see temperatures stay warmer and instability increase meaning we have the possibility for thunderstorm’s in the afternoons, mainly in the mountains. We’ll continue to see a warming trend through the weekend with the chance for Medford to reach 70 degrees for the first time this year, we’ve reached 69 degrees five times this year, I’m ready for those 70s!

The holiday weekend forecast is up in the air at the moment as the exact track of a low pressure south to Central California is unsure. We’ll see the chance for showers, mainly late Saturday into Easter Sunday, as moisture gets wrapped around the low and we move into what is called a ‘deformation zone.’ This wrap around will not only bring in moisture though, it will also usher in warmer weather from the Southwest, potentially the warmest days of the year so far for Friday and Saturday! If the low tracks straight east after hitting California we’ll stay dry, but if it shifts further north then that moisture will be able to bring showers into southern Oregon. As of now I have the most confidence that northern California will see showers Saturday afternoon through Easter Sunday, and moderate to low confidence that areas of southern Oregon will see showers for the holiday. We will continue to monitor this weekend system and keep you updated on Newswatch 12!

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Meteorologist Megan Parry