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Southern Oregon to see 'normal' temps followed by possible snow

Southern Oregon’s recent chilly weather is forecast to take a brief, pleasant break for a few days, potentially offering up a spring preview with tempts pushing the 60-degree mark.

Medford high temperatures were expected to reach 56 and 58 degrees Monday and Tuesday, before a slight dip to 54 degrees Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Those temperatures are just above normal for the date, meteorologist Charles Smith said, adding climatology data show a normal value of about 53 degrees. What’s different is how clear the skies are expected to be, a bright-blue contrast to the recent cloudy systems that have pushed through the region.

“We’re getting back to normal. Normal temperatures at least,” Smith said. “Essentially, the biggest change is we’ll be seeing more sun.”

But more wet weather is expected to return after that, kicking off with a front that will push into the area Thursday, the Weather Service said. The system is expected to bring a pittance of rain to Medford, with snow levels forecast at about 4,000 feet, meteorologist Misty Firmin said.

“The first front coming in isn’t going to be too crazy, I think,” Firmin said. “(It) will be kind of weak, just enough to moisten up the atmosphere again and get things precipitating again.”

A second system is forecast to arrive Saturday, Feb. 15, with similar snow levels but as much as 0.25 inch on parts of the Rogue Valley floor.

On Saturday, Medford’s high temperature was 47 degrees, five degrees colder than the average high temperature for the date. The city’s low temperature of 34.1 degrees was slightly higher than the average low of 33.5 degrees.

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