Temperatures in the teens predicted

Rogue Valley residents might brace for pipe-cracking cold weather tonight as subfreezing temperatures are expected to move in behind this week's snowstorms.

An arctic air mass will move through the region today, bringing temperatures that could drop into the teens in Jackson County.

"If it clears out, Ashland could get down to right around 17 degrees (tonight)," says Jim Bunker, a hydrometeorological technician at the National Weather Service office at the Medford airport. "But if we keep that cloud cover, then it's likely going to be in the mid-20s."

While those are the kinds of temperatures that could damage plants and crack exterior faucets, it won't crack the record books.

The record low for tonight in Medford is 16 degrees and the record low for Saturday is 10 degrees. Both were set in 1962, according to the weather service.

But forecasts were worse for the Klamath Basin, where nighttime temperatures could dip as low as 10 degrees should cloud cover disappear there, Bunker says.

The weather service has issued a freeze watch for the region to be in effect from late tonight through Saturday morning. That follows a winter weather advisory that was to have ended at 10 p.m. Thursday night.

No new snow was expected to fall today on the Rogue Valley floor. In the mountains, a chance of snow returns Sunday and perhaps Monday, the weather service predicts.

Rain is forecast to return to Medford on Sunday.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or e-mail at mfreeman@mailtribune.com.

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