Skies will be partly cloudy Tuesday night, keeping temperatures in the teens in the valleys, single digits in the basin and near freezing along the coast. Freezing fog will develop, especially in the valleys.
When we do a seasonal forecast we no longer look at weather models (short-range) but rather teleconnections which are better predictors of long-range forecasts. You may have heard of some including El Nino and La Nina which are part of the El Nino Southern Oscillation or ENSO.
The Josephine County Animal Shelter is not having luck overcoming the cold weather. Frozen pipes are affecting the shelter's bathroom and laundry facilities. This means dirty towels, blankets and dishes are piling up.
Fire departments are fighting the cold in order to prevent response time from suffering. Medford Fire Battalion Chief Brian Fish says they're having trouble quickly responding to many of the accidents and medical calls in the area.