A low pressure located near the Canada Washington border will shift south overnight bringing snow tomorrow to all areas. The coast could see snow as early at 1AM though most areas will hold off a few more hours with accumulation beginning between 7 to 9AM
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.