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Forecast calls for showers today, chance of thunderstorms tonight

 Posted: 9:55 AM September 24, 2013

Several bursts of rain showers will come through the Rogue Valley today, with up to three inches of snow predicted to fall at elevations above 6,500 feet, weather officials reported.

The National Weather Service said a system with continuous upper level disturbances hanging over the region is to blame.

"That will enhance the shower activity. It's going to be on and off," said meteorologist Jay Stockton. "It'll be several rounds."

Anywhere from one to three inches of snow is expected to fall on the Cascades and Siskiyous, staying above most roads until tonight and Wednesday, when the snow level will drop down to 5,000 feet.

"Many of the high elevation locations in southern Oregon and far northern California will receive their first measurable snow of the season," an NWS-issued special weather statement reads.

The high-elevation snowfall is expected to continue until late Wednesday. It will impact roads and back country areas, weather officials said. Hikers heading to the surrounding hills and motorists on the Siskiyou Pass are urged to use caution because of the forecasted snowfall and rain. A chance for isolated thunderstorms is also predicted tonight.

A projected high temperature for today is 64 degrees, dropping to 59 Wednesday.

"We're going to be pretty cool, as much as 10 to 20 degrees below normal," Stockton said.

The snow levels will rise back up to 5,500 feet by late Wednesday as the day heats up. High temperatures for Medford and the surrounding area should jump back up to the upper 60s or low 70s by Thursday and Friday.

"By the time we get to this weekend, we're going to be above normal," Stockton said of the temperature change.

— Ryan Pfeil


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