Warmer weather on the way

Temps could reach mid-60s by Friday, forecasters say
Rogue Community College student Linda Perrin is dressed for winter, but the sun shining through the clouds evokes the promise of spring. Mail Tribune / Bob PennellBob Pennell

Sunny skies are back in Medford's forecast, capping the week on Friday with a high of 64 degrees — 7 degrees warmer than average, weather officials said.

"Temperatures will gradually warm up," said National Weather Service meteorologist Shad Keene. "All the folks itching to do some gardening and that kind of thing are going to have perfect weather for that."

How's the garden?

Itching to get back out in the garden? The National Weather Service and the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center will hold a free event for growers and gardeners from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, March 4, at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension auditorium, 569 Hanley Road.

Participants will learn about planting and growing during the spring and summer months in a variety of settings, including orchards, backyards, vineyards and more.

High temperatures in Medford are expected to be 55 degrees for today, 56 for Wednesday and Thursday, and 64 for Friday.

"It wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to get higher than that," Keene said.

The weekend still is a question mark, but weather service officials are looking toward a high temperature in the low 60s.

"Saturday could turn out to be a very nice day," Keene said.

The warming news comes after a cold front that swept through the region over the weekend, dropping about a foot of snow on parts of the Cascades and near Crater Lake. Friday through Sunday, about .16 inch fell on the Rogue Valley floor in Medford, with about .22 inch reported in Ashland. About 2 inches of snow dropped on the Siskiyou Pass, and Mount Ashland received about 4 inches.

"Now, as we're moving into late February and into early March, the days are getting a little longer," Keene said. "It's a perfect time to get this ridge of high pressure."

A little bump in the road during the warming trend is possible Thursday, where weather officials predict a chance for some scattered rain showers. Keene said the system will be weak, with snow levels confined to 6,000 feet and higher.

"The amount of precipitation Thursday will probably be a tenth of an inch or less of rainfall," Keene said.

No significant flooding issues are anticipated because of the snowmelt, officials said.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.

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