Today's forecast 4/18/2014 - brought to you by ANSWER PAGE OF MEDFORD
Areas of fog and low clouds in the valleys west of the Cascades this morning, otherwise partly cloudy. Skies will become mostly sunny for all areas by this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 70s for the valleys, and in the 50s and 60s for the mountains and east of the Cascades. Overnight lows will be in the low 40s for the valleys, and in the 20s and 30s for the mountains and east of the Cascades.
Mt. Ashland secures low interest bail out loan. Announces that expansion plans will not be moving forward. Scroll down below to see the full story.
WEATHER SUMMARY DISCUSSION:
We are entering a three day period that will feature the last sunny and warm days we will see for quite awhile as it appears now for the Rogue Valley. And while this will be true for the Rogue Valley, not all areas in Southern Oregon will experience the sunny weather all the way through the weekend. A system will arrive overnight into Saturday that will bring clouds and rain into the Coast, and from the Umpqua Divide north. The system will be a quick hitter like yesterday's was, and rainfall amounts should be similar as well. All areas should have a very nice day for Easter Sunday. I would highly advise that you make the weekend count.
Looking at the data this morning we will be seeing active and wet weather all the way through the end of the month starting on Monday. The big question in the upcoming period will be just how wet will we be? Right now it does not look like there will be a single significant rain event coming. However, the pattern will be active enough to keep steady shots of rain arriving so that the cumulative effect will be one of above average rainfall. The data is all over the place with regards to one other possibility as well. At the end of next week into the following weekend, there is a possibility that we could see the arrival of very cold arctic air. That would be on or about Saturday the 26th. That date would also be the traditional trout season opener. That used to be a much bigger deal, but now only Howard Prairie Reservoir and Hyatt Lake will be opening on that day. History has shown that the weather for the traditional trout opener has always been miserable. This year looks to be no different. If you have camping plans, or any other outdoor plans, you are going to want to stay on top of the forecasts. It is looking like if that arctic air arrives we could see an accumulating snow event with snow levels potentially running as low as 2500 - 3000 feet. This also would have a big impact on the passes as well. So, if you have travel plans for next weekend you will want to be watching the forecasts to see if this is going to happen.
I do not expect too much of a risk for frost through the end of the month. The reason is we would be looking at rather extensive cloud cover over us at night. Temps will stay up into the low to mid 40s. That will be warm enough to keep frost from forming. However, if we get some clearing skies at night or in the early mornings, then yes....frost could be possible in the valleys west of the Cascades especially at the end of next week and the weekend of the 26th and 27th. But right now the likelihood is no frost due to cloud cover. But, I will also keep an eye to that situation as well.
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IN THE NEWS:
Many had wondered if the fact that Mt. Ashland did not open this season would be the end of the ski area. That will not be the case. It was announced that Mt. Ashland has secured a Small Business Administration low cost loan. In addition to this, Mt. Ashland has filed paperwork to see if they can get any federal disaster funds being awarded to businesses and operations like farms that have been impacted by the drought.
Mt. Ashland also revealed that they would not be seeking any further expansion plans other than to complete the additional parking spaces up on the mountain. That work was actually under way last summer and fall. The Mail Tribune has more details on the loan and where the expansion plans stand as of now. Here is a link to that story.....http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20140325%2FNEWS%2F403250304
Crater Lake Ford
2611 Biddle Road
800 - 817 - 5872
Crater Lake Ford is one of the oldest dealerships here in the Valley and have established a long tradition of excellence in customer service. You all known about the legend that is Ford. A great American success story that continues to this day. Ford continues to break new ground. From expanding their hybrid technology throughout the product line, to delivering the vehicles you want in terms of equipment and features, Ford has something for you. When it comes to work, well look around you. Ford is the truck that makes America work. Their super duty series is everywhere and their medium duty class trucks power fleets across the country. It is safe to say that no manufacturer does more to keep us safe as Ford dominates the fleets of emergency vehicles in use today. Ford just consistently produces the quality and features you need to do the job. So no matter if you need a vehicle for economy, luxury, performance, or work...Ford has something for you. Stop in and see the new Fords today at Crater Lake Ford. You will have a great experience there. Mike Frame and his crew are wonderful to deal with. Tell them that Rogueweather sent you.
Stewart Avenue Barber Shop
841 W. Stewart Avenue #8
541 - 770 - 5236
I found Stewart Avenue Barber Shop because of my duties helping out the Riverdawgs baseball team here in Medford. This is your classic barber shop that you remember from trips with dad or grandpa to get a haircut. It's a spot the guys go to hang out and talk about what is going on. That could be hunting, fishing, or what is happening in town. The family who owns it are celebrating 40 years in business now. When you go in you usually find Denise and her brother Steve doing the haircuts. They are great and this is where I get my haircuts. Give them a try, you will like them.
980 North Phoenix Road
541 - 772 - 3154
Morrton's is two establishments all at once. It is a sit down pizza restaurant, and it is also a sports bar. The menu they feature is populated mostly by pizzas, but there are selections that will appeal to those looking for bar style appetizers and finger foods. The pizzas are delicious! They use a thin crust and pile on the toppings of your choice, or pick out one of their specialties like the Tailgater. Their sauce is wonderful. A sweeter style tomato sauce that adds a great flavor to their pizzas. The mark of a great pizza is how well they hold up for left overs the next day. Morrton's pizzas were wonderful. They also offer sandwiches and salads. We love the zing of their spicy hot wings. You can get a half order of wings or if you are really hungry or have a team, get a full order. The atmosphere at Morrton's is very relaxing. The pizza side is comfortable. More like being at home, but with the space to accommodate a group. With warmer weather, Morrton's also has patio seating out front. The sports bar has big screens everywhere so you can follow the action. The vibe in it just invites you to kick back and relax. They have live entertainment there as well. Morrton's is the perfect place to hang out anytime. Their staff is friendly and attentive. If you want, Morrton's can also deliver. Call them to check to see if you live in their delivery area. I had heard friends rave about them and now I know why. Great food, great place, great people. You will love it.
RogueWeather.com is based in Medford, Oregon. The founder, Greg Roberts is the forecaster. Greg has nearly 30 years of weather forecasting experience, specializing in severe weather events. Greg has received training from a variety of sources, including the University of Oklahoma.
Greg volunteers as a Skywarn weather observer for the National Weather Service. This has lead to many hours out in the field storm chasing and getting up close with the storms he loves.
Greg also served as a wildland and municipal fire fighter and EMT. While a fire fighter he earned many certifications including Engine Company Officer and Incident Commander for wildland fires. His weather knowledge was proven to be useful on major wildland fires in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Greg still consults with various fire departments and agencies and also for private wildland fire fighting companies.
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