With high pressure remaining in the region for one more day we’ll see mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies across the region today with some areas of early morning fog in the low lying areas and coast. Temperatures this afternoon will be even warmer than yesterday with highs ten to fifteen degrees above normal for the start of Spring. Today is the day to do anything you need to do outdoors because starting tomorrow we’ll move into a wetter and cooler period the lasts through the weekend.
Tomorrow a cold front will bring widespread rain that may be moderate at times, mainly at the coast, and breezy conditions to the coast, ridges and east of the Cascades. Snow levels will remain high around 6,500 feet so pass travel will not be a problem. The Rogue Valley will be set up in the rain shadow due to the southwesterly flow over the Siskiyous so accumulations will be light, especially in east cities of the Rogue Valley including Medford, Ashland, Central Point and Eagle Point.
We won’t get much of a break before the next cold front arrives lat Friday continuing the chance for rain. I think the heaviest rain with this second system will be overnight Friday and west of the Cascades, mainly at the coast. This second system will continue breezy conditions during the day Friday. Snow levels will drop to around 5,000 feet with the passing of this system, so pass travel still does not look to be a problem.
The last system moves in Sunday and will bring moderate to heavy rain again to the area and a drop in snow levels down to 3,000 feet at times. This system may cause some Cascade pass travel problems by Monday morning so be sure to check road conditions before heading out. This final system moves out quickly and we may see a few isolated showers continue Monday then high pressure builds back in and we start to warm up and dry out by Tuesday.
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Meteorologist Megan Parry