DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The National Weather Service says we could see the first big snowfall of the year in the mountains over the next few days.
The valleys are not expected to see any snow, but drivers should use caution when traveling through the mountains for the next few days.
The systems are expected to drop snow in the mountains from today through Wednesday.
Special Weather Statement
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD OR 342 AM PDT MON OCT 22 2012 ORZ023>026-230000- CENTRAL DOUGLAS COUNTY-EASTERN CURRY COUNTY AND JOSEPHINE COUNTY- EASTERN DOUGLAS COUNTY FOOTHILLS-JACKSON COUNTY- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...DRAIN...ELKTON...ROSEBURG...SUTHERLIN... GREEN...MYRTLE CREEK...CANYONVILLE...GLENDALE...GRANTS PASS... CAVE JUNCTION...STEAMBOAT...TOKETEE FALLS...MEDFORD...ASHLAND 342 AM PDT MON OCT 22 2012 ...FIRST SIGNIFICANT SNOW OF THE SEASON IN THE MOUNTAINS TODAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY... A COLD...WET LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OFF THE OREGON COAST WILL CONTINUE TO PUMP MOISTURE IN OVER WESTERN OREGON TODAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY. SNOW LEVELS WILL FALL TO AROUND 4000 FEET TODAY AND AS LOW AS 3000 FEET TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY. LIGHT SNOW WILL FALL NEARLY CONTINUOUSLY OVER THE MOUNTAINS THROUGH WEDNESDAY. HOWEVER...AS WAVES OF ENERGY ROTATE AROUND THE LOW AND MOVE ASHORE...SNOW WILL INTENSIFY. THE FIRST DISTURBANCE IS MOVING THROUGH THIS MORNING. THE NEXT DISTURBANCE WILL ARRIVE TONIGHT FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER TUESDAY NIGHT. EACH OF THESE DISTURBANCES WILL BE CAPABLE OF DROPPING SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW OVER THE MOUNTAINS. THOSE PLANNING TO BE IN THE MOUNTAINS DURING THIS TIME PERIOD SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS AND AN INCREASED THREAT OF HYPOTHERMIA. THE VALLEYS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO SEE ANY SNOW...BUT THOSE VENTURING OUTSIDE SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF COLD...RAINY WEATHER.