Beginning this Sunday, our area is in for a major change in weather. After weeks of dry, sunny, and unseasonably warm temperatures, winter will make a comeback.
According to NWS Medford Meteorologists, changing weather patterns will not only bring frigid overnight temperatures back, but an increased chance of snow to the valley floor.
Forecasts show that starting around 4 AM on Sunday, snow levels lower from 3000 feet to 1500 feet into Monday morning. Tuesday morning, expect to see snow levels drop to 1000 feet or less. For reference, MFR is around 1335 feet, while the east hills around Medford are up to around 2000 feet.
Medford’s 48-hour snowfall probabilities from 4 AM Sunday through 4 AM Tuesday are a 40% chance of 1”+ and a 10% chance of seeing 2”+.
However, regional highway and freeway passes are expected to be greatly impacted. If traveling, expect winter driving conditions and plan ahead for roadway snow.
A cold air mass is expected to follow this front bringing lows into the teens for the Rogue Valley and surrounding areas.
“Prepare now to provide for vulnerable populations, and to protect sensitive plants and property”, remarks NWS Medford officials.