High pressure will build in this week which will keep quite and cool weather with us through Thursday and thus air quality for valley locations will deteriorate as an inversion sets up. The most up to date air quality levels on the weather homepage
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.
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.
Many local stores say the nasty road conditions are putting a damper on holiday shopping. With only a few weekends to go until holiday break, many people who would otherwise be buying gifts are instead stuck in their homes.
Nearly 150 employees at Mt. Ashland are training for the ski season. This comes after 15 inches of snow fall in that area. That's not enough snowfall to open the facility for business. The grooming will begin on Monday. The Ski Area need 18-22 inches of packed snow.