Record-breaking rains drenched the Rogue Valley Sunday and aren’t expected to let up until Tuesday afternoon.
In Medford, more than inch of rain had fallen as of 8:30 p.m. Sunday — nearly twice the record for the date, set in 1969, of 0.56 inches, said National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Wright.
The rain is expected to lighten up but continue through Monday, said meteorologist Brad Schaaf.
“Things will start to dry out come Tuesday afternoon,” he said. “We have a 20 percent chance of rain Tuesday morning, but those chances drop to 5 percent by 5 p.m.”
A winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service early Sunday afternoon said the snow level was expected drop to 5,000 feet Sunday afternoon and Sunday night.
“Crater Lake, Diamond Lake and Lake of the Woods will see at least snow-covered roads, enough to make them slippery,” Wright said. “White knuckle driving is what I like to call it.”
Crater Lake got six inches of snow Sunday morning on top of the seven inches it got Saturday.
Nonetheless, the shorts season isn’t over yet. The sun will be back out by the end of the week with temperatures of at least 70 degrees on Thursday and Friday, Wright said.
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