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Area climate about to turn cold, wet

Local residents are still mowing yards during an unseasonably warm November that followed a record wet October.

Temperatures have average five to 10 degrees warmer this month, but that is all about to change Tuesday.

"We should return to seasonal temperatures, or below," said Michelle Cohen, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Medford. Other high passes could also see snow, she said.

Snow levels are expected to drop to 3,000 to 4,000 feet as a large low-pressure system moves in from the Gulf of Alaska, she said.

"We might get some snow on the Siskiyou Summit by Tuesday," Cohen said.

Monday should start out cloudy with light rain is expected overnight followed by up to a quarter inch on Tuesday, which should have a low temperature of 39 degrees.

Mostly cloudy weather should hang over Medford for most of the week with showers predicted through Sunday.

Wednesday night should see the lowest temperatures of the week at 34, followed by a high of just 48 on Thursday, which should also be partly sunny, but the low temperature at night should be 35.

On Friday, it should have a high of 55 with a nighttime low of 41.

Rainfall this month has only amounted to a quarter-inch of rain, but 5.48 inches fell in October, which broke records for precipitation.

"We're well on our way to getting six-inches of rain this month," Cohen said.

Typically, the Medford airport receives 2.52 inches as of Sunday for the water year that starts Oct. 1, but more than double that amount has already fallen.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or dmann@mailtribune.com. Follow him on www.twitter.com/reporterdm.