A potent winter storm is bringing low elevation snow to the region today. Snow showers have begun ahead of this cold front across the Rogue Valley. The delayed onset of this storm, from what was originally anticipated, brought cloud cover in later ..dropping temperatures well below freezing in the Valley–supporting more sticking snow. Through social media, phone calls & webcams I can confirm snow sticking across Jackson, Josephine & Klamath Counties. Snow has been reported in Brookings for the past two hours or so. This will likely change over to a rain/snow mix and/or rain this afternoon.
Snow showers will increase in coverage through the course of the day, with moderate to heavy snow expected by mid to late morning over all inland locations. The lowest elevations in the Valley will turn over to a rain/snow mix or even freezing rain through early afternoon. But other locations will stay strictly snow, and it’s likely many areas over Jackson/Josephine County do not transition to a rain/snow mix because of the current snow falling. This may keep temperatures cold enough to keep precipitation snow all day.
Winds are not a huge concern with this storm system and neither is the morning commute. The afternoon commute however, is of big concern. With sticking snow already this morning, and a good 3″ of snow already on Diamond Lake Summit and Lake of the Woods, snowpacked passes along I-5 is very likely by this afternoon. Those with plans to travel this afternoon and evening are advised not to.
In terms of accumulations for today’s winter storm — Inland at the Coast between a trace and 2″ is possible. The valleys will see between 1″-3″ with localized areas receiving more. Ashland and Grants Pass will likely receive more than 3.” The foothills will recieve 3″-6″ minimum. 6″-12″ is expected in the Cascades & 3″-6″ in the Siskiyous. The Klamath Basin & Siskiyou County are both looking at 2″-5.”
Because an even colder air mass will follow today’s cold front (colder than this week), many roads will remain snow covered and icy for days to come. Morning lows are expected to drop into the single digits across West Side Valley’s Sunday morning. This air mass will certainly be capable of freezing and bursting pipes, make sure your pipes are protected through the middle of next week.
We’ll continue to bring you the very latest on this storm on social media & through our newscasts. If you have pictures, share them with us! Post to FB or tweet with hashtag — #KDRVwx
Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese