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Current Observation: Medford

81°

Clear
Feels Like: 81°
H: 90° L: 50°
Wind: NNW at 5
Pressure: 30.04
Dewpoint: 29°
Humidity: 15%
Sunrise: 07:02:03 am
Sunset: 07:03:01 pm

LATEST FORECAST

StormWatch 12 Forecast

Today: We'll see more sunshine and even hotter temperatures today across the region. The Chetco Effect will bring the coast into the 70s and 80s to near 90 degrees at Brookings with smoke from the Klondike Fire. Inland, afternoon highs will climb into the upper 80s and lower 90s for the westside, and into the upper 70s and lower 80s for the eastside. A RED FLAG WARNING remains in effect for the Cascades, extreme western Jackson County, western Siskiyou County, Josephine and Curry Counties until 11 AM. Extremely low relative humidity and gusty winds to 25 MPH will cause critical fire growth potential. A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY remains in effect for coastal waters until 11 PM Wednesday for northerly winds up to 25 knots and steep, wind-driven seas between 6-9 feet.

Tonight: Clear skies will allow overnight lows tonight to fall into the 30s and 40s with 50s along the coast. A FIRE WEATHER WATCH has been issued for the Southern Oregon Cascades and Siskiyous and for the Rogue Valley in Jackson County from 12 AM through 10 AM Wednesday.

Extended: We'll see widespread temperatures inland in the 80s and 90s by the Wednesday and Thursday with mainly sunny skies. Coastal tempreatures will gradually cool as the week goes on. Some high clouds are possible across the area by Thursday and Friday. We'll also see some smoke and haze towards some of our westside valleys by the end of the week and into the start of the weekend. By the end of the week, a storm system will be approaching our area, ending the stretch of unseasonably warm temperatures. Conditions look to cool back to near-average or even below-average into the weekend. The StormWatch 12 Weather Team is keeping a very close eye on this system that could bring parts of the area some showers by this weekend, mainly later Saturday. A more significant system is a possibility into early next week. We will keep you updated as forecast models come into better agreement with timing, intensity and location of any rain.

Fire Danger remains HIGH and if any fires do spark, they could spread quickly.

 

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Stay with StormWatch 12 for updates on your forecast on-air and online...Much colder today behind the cold front. We've caught a break from the precipitatoin this afternoon, but look for more rain and snow showers to return to the area starting as early as this evening, especially, west of the Rogue Valley. Another storm system will increase the coverage of rain and snow into tomorrow and keep winds gusty throughout the area.
A WIND ADVISORY is in effect for 8 AM-11 PM Friday for the Shasta Valley in Siskiyou County with possible wind gusts up to 50 mph. East of the Cascades, Eastern Klamath & Lake Counties are under a WIND ADVISORY from 11 AM to 11 PM Friday with gusts up to 50 mph.
As another surge of moisture moves into the region tonight into Friday. Snow levels will be low and the snow will be heavy for our higher elevations including the higher and lower mountain passes. Look for snow levels to drop down below 2,000' tonight. Through the day on Friday, heavy snow expected in our higher elevations. Snow levels will rise somewhat between 2,500'-3,000' in the afternoon with the daytime heating. The valleys and coast will see mainly rain, some of it heavy. Some thunder is even possible along coastal areas. Conditions will really start to deteriote into tomorrow evening as snow levels drop and temperaturs cool. Look for a changeover to snow all the way down into most valley locations Friday night. Some slushy, minor accumulations are possible in the Rogue Valley, mainly 1" or less. WINTER STORM WARNINGS & WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES have been issued for much of the viewing area for tonight through Friday evening. Our higher elevatons could see as much as 1-3 feet of snow, especially, for the coastal mountains and western Siskiyou Co. mountains. Lower elevations between 2,000 to 4,000 feet could see between 3-6" with as much as a foot of snow.
By Saturday  morning, the snow will have cleared out, but another storm system will bring rain and snow chances to the coast through the day and eventually working east into the Rogue Valley, Cascades and Siskiyou Co. through Saturday afternoon. Temperatures will remain cool and we'll likely see some more snow showers Saturday night into early Sunday.
The trend will be to dry out and start to warm up into Monday. A few showers could linger for coastal areas on Monday. Beyond Monday, brighter and warmer days with temperatures surging to around 70° by next ThursdaS

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Daily Forecast

Tuesday

Hi: 90 Low: 50

Abundant sunshine

Wednesday

Hi: 95 Low: 52

Abundant sunshine

Thursday

Hi: 96 Low: 56

Times of sun and clouds

Friday

Hi: 94 Low: 53

Plenty of sun

Saturday

Hi: 77 Low: 50

Afternoon showers and thunderstorms

Sunday

Hi: 77 Low: 52

Plenty of sun

Hourly Forecast

TimeTempConditionsPrecipHumidityWind
3 PM86°M Sunny0%11%N at 1 mph
4 PM88°Sunny0%10%NNW at 2 mph
5 PM89°Sunny0%10%NW at 3 mph
6 PM87°Sunny0%12%NNW at 4 mph
7 PM82°Sunny0%15%NNW at 5 mph
8 PM77°Clear0%21%N at 3 mph
9 PM73°Clear0%24%NNE at 3 mph
10 PM69°Clear0%28%NE at 2 mph
11 PM66°Clear0%30%E at 1 mph
12 AM64°Clear0%33%E at 0 mph
1 AM60°Clear0%38%E at 1 mph
2 AM58°Clear0%41%ENE at 1 mph
3 AM56°Clear0%44%E at 0 mph

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