A potent winter storm is bringing low elevation snow to the region today. Snow showers have begun ahead of this cold front across the Rogue Valley. The delayed onset of this storm, from what was originally anticipated, brought cloud cover in later ..dropping temperatures well below freezing in the V
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 most recent snow storm, which most people will remember, hit our area in 2008. The snow, up to four inches, reached the valley floor in late January, cancelled school for almost everyone. Some kids enjoyed several snow days in a row.
The Mission opens its doors once it hits 32 degrees or below, but despite the cold, staff at the Medford Gospel Mission are not seeing many people coming in. The director says there are several homeless people who choose to stay outside.
A cold, wet weather system is sweeping across the Northwest with a promise that snow could fall in the high country by Monday evening, and maybe even near the valley floor by Tuesday morning. For ODOT crews, this is the first likely snow event of the year.