Warm Front Brings Warm Rain

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Last night we saw some virga (rain that doesn’t reach the ground) in Douglas and Coos county and we’re dealing with a bit this morning as well along the coast. A chance for some of these showers to reach the ground this morning, mainly at the coast, then turning to more widespread rain later this afternoon as a warm front starts to push into our area.  Thinking this morning is that inland areas will stay dry until tonight when rain pushes inland. With the passing of the front temperatures will warm and snow levels will climb; tonight snow levels on the west side will reach to 7,000′ and remain close to 4,500′-5,000′ on the east side quickly climbing to 7,000′ early tomorrow morning. This means most areas will see rain with this system and there is a potential for freezing rain on the east side and some higher elevations on the west side included Butte Falls, Howard Prairie and Prospect over night, potentially creating slick road conditions by morning.

Rain will taper off during the day tomorrow and well return to a dry, sunny and unseasonably warm day on Friday. In fact Friday may be the warmest day of the year so far in Medford, we have to warm past 69 degrees to be the warmest day. A cold front will move through late Saturday into Sunday knocking temperatures back to below normal and bringing rain and snow showers to the area. Monday will be dry again before another storm system arrives Tuesday; this next system appears to become a cut-off low and confidence this far out is low on the track and where the heaviest precipitation will fall. As of now it looks to be more of a northern California storm, but this may change as we approach Tuesday.

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Meteorologist Megan Parry