Visbilities are between 0 & 5 miles across the forecast area, a result of dense fog and also poor air quality. A dense fog advisory is in place for areas west of the Cascades through 10 o'clock this morning. Also in place is an air stagnation advisory.
When we do a seasonal forecast we no longer look at weather models (short-range) but rather teleconnections which are better predictors of long-range forecasts. You may have heard of some including El Nino and La Nina which are part of the El Nino Southern Oscillation or ENSO.
The Josephine County Animal Shelter is not having luck overcoming the cold weather. Frozen pipes are affecting the shelter's bathroom and laundry facilities. This means dirty towels, blankets and dishes are piling up.
Fire departments are fighting the cold in order to prevent response time from suffering. Medford Fire Battalion Chief Brian Fish says they're having trouble quickly responding to many of the accidents and medical calls in the area.