White Christmas looks likely to turn wetter
A pair of storms will move into Southern Oregon beginning tonight, but that white Christmas in Medford forecasters predicted earlier is looking increasingly wet.
"A mix of rain and snow could reach the valley floor Christmas," said Megan Woodhead, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Medford.
The storm could deposit rain and a small amount of snow on the valley floor after 10 tonight, said Woodhead.
The forecast calls for a low of 33 Wednesday night in Medford, with highs of 37 on Christmas and 32 Christmas night. The likelihood of precipitation remains high throughout, the weather service says.
Those traveling over the Siskiyou Summit could face tough driving conditions as snow levels fall to 2,000 feet late this evening. Two to five inches of snow might fall on the pass tonight, with another three to eight inches to follow Wednesday, Woodhead said.
The pass could see three to six inches of snow on Christmas, Woodhead added.
Those traveling to and from Portland for the holiday might have to negotiate heavy snow and freezing rain in the city. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning on Christmas Eve for the northern part of the state, which could affect flights and traffic entering and leaving the city, Woodhead said.
But the storm warning the weather service issued for Southern Oregon is no longer part of the forecast.
Instead, after Christmas the weather could settle into a pattern of warmer temperatures during the day with plenty of rain, Woodhead said.
— Chris Conrad