Will it snow on the coast Friday?
That’s the big question today — for travelers and the schools — as nightfall approaches and the temperature continues to drop.
The temperature in downtown Brookings at 5 p.m. today was 44 degrees, according to the Pilot’s weather station (www.currypilot.com/weather).
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for all of Southern Oregon and Northern California for Friday as a wet cold front was expected to bring rain, snow and sleet to the area, starting after 4 a.m.
The quick-moving storm is expected to drop any where from a quarter-inch to 1 inch of snow as low as 100 feet above sea level, which includes most of the Curry County coast. The low temperature overnight was expected to by 28 in Brookings and in the mid-teens in places like Cave Junction and Grants Pass.
Brookings-Harbor School District officials today were considering whether to start school later than that regular 8 a.m. time on Friday.
“Superintendent Brian Hodge will make the call. He is going to travel the roads around Brookings in the early morning to check on the conditions,” said district official Baron Guido.
Once a decision is made, an announcement will be posted as early as 6 a.m. Friday on the district’s website at www.brookings.k12.or.us.
Morning travelers on Highway 199 and higher elevations should be on alert for possible ice and snow conditions. However, the snow is expected to turn to rain by mid morning and continue through the day as temperatures increase to the mid-40s.
The high temperature for Brookings on Friday is expected to be 43 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
The weekend forecast for Brookings calls for clear skies with a high around 40 degrees and lows hovering around the 28 degree mark. The highs in Grants Pass for the weekend is expected to be around 30 degrees, with lows in the mid-teens.