Enjoy the warm weather while you can

Southern Oregon's recent trend of sunny days seems headed for an inevitable sunset, with wet weather taking its place starting Tuesday.

"Confidence is pretty high we're going to get wet," said Mike Petrucelli, National Weather Service meteorologist.

NWS officials said the weather pattern is not unusual but may be perceived as significant because of the recent warm, dry trend.

We're not going to get the excessive rainfall amounts we've gotten in past storms," Petrucelli said.

The first storm is due to arrive on the coast this evening before moving inland. Snow levels will eventually lower to 5,000 feet.

Between four to seven inches is predicted for parts of the Cascades, Diamond Lake and Crater Lake Tuesday night into Wednesday, with two to four inches predicted for parts of Highway 140 and up to three inches for the Siskiyou Pass.

For the Rogue Valley floor, up to two-tenths of an inch of rain could fall on Tuesday. Temperatures are expected to dip down to the mid- to high 50s.

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