Sharp drop in snow levels to start Monday afternoon

Snow is expected to start falling in the hills around the Rogue Valley Monday afternoon before light dustings start to show up on the valley floor overnight.

"There's not very high confidence in the moisture that's going to be available after the cold air comes through," said National Weather Service meteorologist Misty Duncan, adding up to one half inch is possible for the valley floor, but that it will likely just be trace amounts. "It kind of just depends on how much moisture's left over after the cold air comes through."

An arctic cold front that is coming to Southern Oregon is expected to start dropping snow on Cascades and Siskiyous by late Monday afternoon, with up to 10 inches by Tuesday. Crater Lake and Diamond Lake is looking at anywhere between three and seven inches. Up to three inches is predicted for the passes, which could spell trouble for motorists.

"Our biggest concern was any travelers that were putting off leaving until (Monday)," Duncan said.

There is a slight chance of additional snowfall through 10 a.m. Tuesday. Following the predicted precipitation, a mass of cold air is expected to linger in the Rogue Valley the rest of the week, with high temperatures dropping 10 to 15 degrees below the average.

— Ryan Pfeil

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