If you'd like a bit of advice heading into this weekend, "dress warmly," is probably your best bet.
That's because the coldest temperatures of the autumn season are inbound to Jackson County, dropping nighttime lows into the mid 20s Thursday through Saturday, the National Weather Service reported. The Rogue Valley will experience its first freeze of the season.
"It's going to cool down a lot," said NWS meteorologist Misty Duncan.
Eastbound winds pushing a mass of cold, dry air into southwest Oregon and northwest California is the culprit. The mass will hover over the region through Saturday morning.
"The air that's behind it is going to be really dry, and the winds that are behind it are going to make it even dryer," Duncan said.
A nighttime low of 27 degrees is expected for tonight, with low temperatures of 23 degrees predicted for Thursday and Friday nights. Across the Cascades, in the Klamath Basin and Lakeview areas, low temperatures will plummet to the teens or single digits. Weather officials said it should start to warm back up Sunday.
"For some areas in Jackson and Josephine counties, as well as much of Douglas County, this will be an unusually late and strong first freeze of the fall season," the National Weather Service stated.
Meteorologists urged area residents to take the proper precautions. Make sure sensitive vegetation is covered, get pets inside and allow a bit of water to run through pipes so the freezing weather does not damage them.
"Make sure they're dripping. A little bit of running water will keep it from freezing over and busting the pipe," Duncan said. "Take precautions, do what you can."
— Ryan Pfeil