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High temperatures expected to plummet by Wednesday

 Posted: 8:05 AM May 20, 2013

A potent mass of cold air headed to the region this week could result in tying — possibly even breaking — some temperature records in the Rogue Valley.

The National Weather Service reported today that a strong cold front is on its way from Alaska. Today's 85-degree high temperature is expected to plummet to 54 degrees by Wednesday, May 22, tying the record for the lowest recorded high temperature on that date. Thursday's predicted low temperature could also get close to the date's record low temperature of 35 degrees.

"We actually may have some frost freeze concerns Thursday morning," said NWS meteorologist Sven Nelaimischkies.

That freeze potential is still under investigation, but officials said sensitive plants like tomatoes could be at risk.

"That won't be until Thursday morning," Nelaimischkies said.

Snow levels are predicted to drop to 2,500 feet by Wednesday morning, with 2 to 5 inches predicted for the Cascade passes, Siskiyou Summit and Mt. Shasta area in Northern California.

"Snow levels may drop briefly down to lower passes like Sexton Summit as well," a special weather statement reads.

NWS officials added they do not expect snow to accumulate much below those higher elevations, as soil and road temperatures are still warm. Significant snowfall is also expected for the just-opened stretch of Bear Camp Road out to the coast. Wind speeds could also reach 20 mph Tuesday in the Rogue Valley.

The lowest high temperature recorded for May 22 was recorded just three years ago in 2010, weather officials reported. The historic low for May 23 was recorded in 1980.

— Ryan Pfeil

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