Showers possible over Memorial Day weekend

If last weekend's triple-digit temperatures had you hot under the collar, have we got a deal for you.

There probably won't be much need for the sunscreen over the Memorial Day weekend, with high temperatures not expected to get much past the 70-degree mark. There's also a slight chance the weekend could be a wet one, according to National Weather Service forecasters.

A low-pressure system that pushed into the Rogue Valley over the past two days brought with it cooler temperatures and spots of rain. That pattern could linger throughout next week, said Chuck Glaser, a data acquisitions program manager for the National Weather Service.

"The temperatures for the holiday weekend will be cooler than last weekend," Glaser said. "Some people might enjoy that."

The valley endured record-breaking heat last weekend, with highs breaking the 100-degree mark on three consecutive days.

Today, the Rogue Valley can expect a 40 percent chance of showers throughout the day, with a high near 70 degrees and a slightly westerly breeze, forecasters said.

Sunday and Monday will find the chances for rain decreasing, with temperatures holding in the low- to mid-70s. The lows for all three days should hover between the lower 40s and 50s.

"The freezing levels will keep to the 8,000-feet levels, so we should not see any snow on the roads anywhere in the valley," Glaser said.

Some of the higher elevations saw one-tenth of an inch of snow accumulation early Friday. The snow should stick around these higher elevations for the foreseeable future, Glaser added.

There is a small chance that the valley could see a round of thunderstorms creep in Tuesday evening, Glaser said.

"In all, I think we are going to continue with these cooler temperatures for the time being," Glaser added. "We won't be seeing any of the hotter temperatures we experienced for some time, though the temperatures will continue to raise slowly."

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