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Medford missed low-temp record by one degree Wednesday

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Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneDucks deal with a frozen pond at Lithia Park in Ashland Wednesday morning.
Jamie Lusch / Mail TribuneSnow and ice accumulate on the bud of pear tree blossom in Medford on Wednesday.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneDucks deal with a frozen pond at Lithia Park in Ashland Wednesday morning.

A cold front this week let Rogue Valley residents know that winter isn’t over, bringing overnight temperatures in the teens that approached 100-year daily record lows.

Roseburg, Klamath Falls and North Bend tied records of 23 degrees, 5 degrees and 24 degrees, respectively, and many sites in the area came close, said Charles Smith, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Overnight lows early Wednesday tied a 1919 record in Klamath Falls, a 1920 record in North Bend, and a 2018 record in Roseburg, according to the weather service

In Medford, the 1920 record of 19 degrees still stood Wednesday morning. The Medford airport monitor measured the low temperature Tuesday night through Wednesday morning at 20 degrees, one degree above the record — and well above the Tuesday forecast of 13 degrees.

“It was a little warmer than what we were expecting in the valleys at least,” Smith said Wednesday. “There were reports that there were areas of teens, just not at the airport.”

The weekend will bring a chance of precipitation, Smith said.

A low of around 19 degrees was expected Wednesday night, 23 degrees Thursday night, 25 degrees Friday night, and just above or at freezing through the weekend with a chance of rain and higher-elevation snow.

Rain and snow above 3,000 feet were in the forecast for Saturday night through Tuesday.

Smith said an air mass from the north pulled in continental air from Canada, warming up slightly on its way. Dry air resulting in clear skies “allows the ground to lose heat efficiently,” he said, and keeps frost off car windows.

Emergency shelters in Medford and Ashland will be open through at least Friday morning.

The Medford shelter, at the Navigation Center, 685 Market St., is open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m., and closes Friday, unless extended by the city. Services include food, bedding and dry storage.

Text MED4SHELTERS to 888777 for the most up-to-date information on severe weather event shelters in Medford.

The Ashland emergency winter shelter at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, opens each day at 5 p.m., closes for the night at 9 p.m., with lights out at 10 p.m., and it closes for the day at 9 a.m. The shelter will remain open through Friday night, according to a Nixle alert Tuesday morning from the city of Ashland.

For questions about the Ashland shelter, call Linda Reid, housing program specialist, at 541-552-2043, or Avram Sacks, community volunteer, at 541-220-7307.