Another weather system will be bringing us more wintery weather for the coming days. With a strong upper level low in the Gulf of Alaska, we are expecting several disturbances to move onshore within the next several days. The first of the series is a cold front expected to arrive Thursday morning, bringing high winds and spotty precipitation Wednesday night. Temperatures will drop with the fronts passing and the main concern is snow in the Rogue Valley, along with heavy snow/high winds in the higher elevations.
Moisture will still be present throughout Thursday, and with temperatures cooling after the cold front comes through, precipitation will then change from rain, to a rain/snow mix, and then by midday snow. By Thursday evening 1-3″ of snow are possible in the Rogue Valley, with higher amounts on the Western side. For the Basin, expect anywhere from 3-5″ through Friday, with locally higher amounts.
This storm will also have significant impacts on the higher elevations, primarily the Siskiyous. Mount Shasta could easily see up to 2 feet of snow by Friday. For this reason, we are still advising people to be extremely cautious of traveling through the overpasses over the next two days. Driving conditions will be very dangerous, especially at night when the roads will be dark and snow could still be falling. It is recommended that people refrain from driving through the overpasses (especially in the Siskiyous), but if it cannot be avoided please be sure to bring chains and know how to use them! Road conditions can always be checked on our website!
Because of the expected snow/wind conditions over the next 24-36 hours, the NWS has issued numerous warnings/advisories in effect through Thursday & Friday. Below are a few:
High Wind Warning into Thursday — Coast, Rogue Valley, E. Klamath County, Lake County
Winter Storm Warning through Friday AM — W. Curry, Josephine, Jackson, W. Siskiyou Counties
Winter WX Advisory through Friday AM — S. Douglas, Jackson, W. Klamath,
Continue to check in with the NewsWatch12 weather team for the latest updates to the weather conditions and be careful on the roads!