Thanksgiving weather: Expect autumn conditions this week
Other than some early morning fog, the weather will likely be kind to motorists traveling this Thanksgiving in Siskiyou County.
Early forecasts show mostly dry autumn weather conditions in Yreka and Mount Shasta through the weekend, with a little rain possible around Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Medford, Oregon.
If rain does fall, it won't be enough to bring the snowline below 8,000 feet, NWS meteorologist Misty Firmin said last Friday. “We’re not expecting winter impacts to travel at this time.”
Expect dry weather on Wednesday, possibly with some clouds in the morning, Firmin said. Watch for early morning fog. The sun may come out in the afternoon.
Temperature highs in the valleys will be in the upper 40s near Yreka, into the 50s near Mount Shasta. Nighttime low temperatures will hover in the 30s.
On Thanksgiving Day, a rainstorm moves in from the northwest, but may stop to the north before it reaches Siskiyou County, Firmin said.
"There's only a 10% chance of rain," she said. “If (the storm) does move in, the snow level will be high — around 8,000 to 9,000 feet."
Daytime temperatures could reach the low 50s in Yreka, the mid- to upper 50s in Mount Shasta.
Motorists might have trouble with visibility because of early morning fog on Thursday through Sunday.
Friday and the weekend could bring rain, but again snow levels probably won't go below 8,000 feet, Firmin said.
Daily high temperatures could warm a bit, reaching the mid-50s in Mount Shasta and Yreka, but dipping into the mid- to high 30s at night.
Rainfall totals for 2021
Rainfall in 2021 has been well below normal, NWS meteorologist Sven Nelaimischkies said.
That’s according to data from the two NWS observation stations located in Siskiyou County.
As of Friday:
- Mount Shasta had 25.25 inches of rain. Normal rainfall is 29.41 inches.
- Montague had 5.58 inches of rain. Normal rainfall is 9.19 inches.
For more information or for weather updates go to the NWS’ website at bit.ly/3ctfOXI and type in your location.
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