More winter-like weather expected

Several bursts of rain are expected throughout the Rogue Valley today, and up to three inches of snow is predicted above 5,000 feet tonight, weather officials reported.

The National Weather Service put the blame on a system with continuous upper-level disturbances that's hanging over the region.

"That will enhance the shower activity. It's going to be on and off," said meteorologist Jay Stockton. "It'll be several rounds."

Anywhere from one to three inches of snow could fall on the Cascades and Siskiyous, but most of it will stay above most roads until tonight.

"Many of the high-elevation locations in Southern Oregon and far Northern California will receive their first measurable snow of the season," the weather service said in a statement.

Hikers heading into the surrounding mountains and motorists going over the Siskiyou summit are urged to use caution.

A high temperature of 59 degrees is predicted for today.

"We're going to be pretty cool, as much as 10 to 20 degrees below normal," Stockton said.

Snow levels will rise to 5,500 or 6,000 feet by late Wednesday. High temperatures for Medford and the surrounding area should climb back to the upper 60s or low 70s on Thursday and Friday.

"By the time we get to this weekend, we're going to be above normal," Stockton said.

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