Wintery Weather Moves In

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Snow showers have already started falling and a few thunderstorms have popped up at the coast; this will be our weather story through tomorrow. A cold front will be moving through the area today dropping temperatures as it goes meaning high temperatures today will not be this afternoon but earlier. Temperatures¬† will start to drop this afternoon and through the evening dropping snow levels to 2000′ this afternoon with local areas getting down to 1500′ meaning snow may reach to the valley flow tonight, but snow will not stick to roads. Snow won’t stick in the mountain passes at first but by tomorrow we could see several roadways and passes impacted by snow. Even if it doesn’t snow in your region, rain can make the roadways slick so drive carefully especially the next couple of days and if you’re heading to the high country be sure to check road conditions. You can find a link to the ODOT website under weather links.

We’ve seen ODOT already report this morning snow flurries at Mt. Ashland, Crater Lake, and Lake of the Woods and:

Restrictions: carry chains or traction tires at:
Crater Lake
Siskiyou Summit
Lake of the Woods
Diamond Lake Summit
Mt. Ashland
Hayes Hill

Several Winter Weather Advisories are in effect today through tomorrow, watch the video above to find out where and how long they last. A winter weather advisory means that driving may be difficult at times due to snow and low visibility.

Overnight Saturday into Sunday morning we’ll see the coldest night of the week across the region with a chance for Medford to see the freezing mark. If we reach 32 degrees we’ll end our 228 consecutive day streak without a freezing temperature, which is the longest streak on record! It will also be at least the 4th latest first freeze on record.

Drive safe and stay warm out there! I’ll be updating my Facebook and Twitter with road conditions and weather reports so be sure to follow me! Thanks for logging on and have a great Thursday!

Meteorologist Megan Parry