Here we go, yet again! Another dangerous storm causing many problems on the roadways and for holiday travelers this weekend will approach our area this evening. Conditions will begin to deteriorate in Northern California shortly after midnight and then Southern Oregon not too long after that. The Mt. Shasta City area will continue to get hammered with snow into Sunday morning, and throughout the day. With strong winds, blowing and drifting snow will be a concern, and the mountain passes will be extremely dangerous with near white-out/blizzard conditions through Sunday evening. It is still advised people do not travel over the passes this weekend. This is a very dangerous storm, and it will severly be impacting driving conditions.
Blowing and drifting snow is also a concern east of the Cascades, and travelers should refrain from driving there as well. Spots of ice have been reported on I5 near Siskiyou Summit. Snow pack is on also on both 199 near Hayes Hill, and also on Highway 66 near Green Springs Summit. With this incoming storm, these roads will continue to see ice and snow over the next day or so.
Snow levels will be around 2,500-2,000 feet Sunday morning, and will lower with the passing of the front as cooler air filters in. I should mention that snow was reported at about 1,400′ Saturday afternoon in some parts of the Rogue Valley. For this reason, it seems as though rain will mix with snow by midday Sunday in the valley and the foothills could see accumulating snow by Sunday evening (mainly a couple inches). Along the coast, heavy rain will fall into Sunday, and with the lowering snow level, it is possible for snow to mix with rain further inland as well. With the already saturated grounds and the incoming strong winds, downed trees and power outages are of concern. The Coquille River is under a Flood Warning and currently seeing minor flooding in Coos County just south of North Bend. This warning will remain into Tuesday.
Most of the region is under a Winter Storm Warning through Sunday evening. Again, if driving is not necessary I highly recommend to avoid doing so! The good news is, it looks as though we finally get a break from this wet weather on Christmas Eve! Thank goodness! Unfortunately, the next weather system is expected to arrive this Tuesday and will bring rain to the Coast and Valley, and snow to the Basin.
Continue to check in with the NewsWatch12 weather team for the updates with this continuous pattern of unsettled weather! Everyone be safe and happy holidays!