Here comes the sun

Sunny skies are back in the forecast this week, with a predicted high temperature of 64 degrees on Friday capping the week, weather officials said.

That predicted high temperature is about 7 degrees warmer than average.

"Temperatures will gradually warm up" this week, said National Weather Service meteorologist Shad Keene. "All the folks itching to do some gardening and that kind of thing are going to have perfect weather for that."

High temperatures in Medford are expected to be 51 degrees for today, 55 for Tuesday, 56 for Wednesday and Thursday, and 64 Friday.

"It wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to get higher than that," Keene said.

The weekend is somewhat of a question mark at this point, but weather service officials are looking toward a high temperature in the low 60s.

"Saturday could turn out to be a very nice day," Keene said.

The warming news comes after a cold front that swept through the region over the weekend, dropping about a foot of snow on parts of the Cascades and near Crater Lake.

"Now as we're moving into late February and into early March, the days are getting a little longer," Keene said. "It's a perfect time to get this ridge of high pressure."

A little bump in the road during the warming trend is possible Thursday, where weather officials predict a chance for some scattered rain showers on the valley floor. Keene said the system will be weak, with snow levels confined to 6,000 feet and higher.

"The amount of precipitation Thursday will probably be a tenth of an inch or less of rainfall," Keene said.

No significant landslide or flooding issues are anticipated because of the snow meltoff, officials said.

— Ryan Pfeil

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