Anyone who has to drive to dinner today likely will be thankful for clear skies across the region. But forecasters say the weekend could be another matter.

Anyone who has to drive to dinner today likely will be thankful for clear skies across the region. But forecasters say the weekend could be another matter.

Today's forecast for the Rogue Valley and the rest of Southern Oregon calls for dry, chilly weather, although freezing fog is an early morning possibility.

Medford's predicted high temperature is 40 degrees under mostly sunny skies.

The next storm front is expected to move into the area on Friday. It will hit the coast in the morning and move inland during the day, the forecast said. Early showers could include snow or a mix of snow and rain, especially in the mountains, as cold air lingers, but snow levels will rise to at least 3,500 feet by the time the bulk of the storm arrives, the forecast said. Rain is likely in Medford by Friday night.

Overnight cooling Friday into Saturday could bring more snow to the mountains. The storm could drop 3 to 8 inches of snow on mountain passes in the Siskiyous and Cascades, a special weather statement issued by the Medford office of the National Weather Service said.

The Mount Shasta area could get heavy snows, potentially affecting travel on Interstate 5 in Northern California. Lower passes to the north of Medford, including Sexton and Stage Summit, might see light snow, possibly mixed with rain, the statement said. East of the Cascades, up to 4 inches of snow is predicted through Saturday.

Light to moderate showers are predicted to continue in the Rogue Valley Saturday behind the storm front. By Sunday, only a slight chance of showers remains, the forecast said.

More rain is possible midweek, but accompanied by warmer temperatures.