With an approaching weather system, many weather advisories are in place across our region. A very strong area of low pressure is pushing inland and will bring moderate to heavy snowfall to the higher elevations and high winds through Monday morning.
Up to 2 feet of snow can be expected in the mountains, especially the Crater & Diamond Lake areas. As much as 1″ of snow per hour is likely. This will most certainly impact the roadways, and hazardous conditions are expected on the overpasses. It is HIGHLY DISCOURAGED that anyone travel on the mountain passes through Monday morning, and even into midday Monday. Not only are there already snow pack and ice patches on roadways, but with the ongoing snow through the morning conditions will only deteriorate. Winds will begin to decrease in strength along the coast but increase and peak further inland, and also in the mountains into the early morning hours.
A brief overview of the SOME of the watches/warnings in place currently:
Blizzard Warnings through 10AM Monday -Diamond Lake, Crater Lake, Chemult
Winter Storm Warnings through 10AM Monday – S. Cascades & Siskiyous
High Wind Warnings through 10AM Monday- Coast, Lake County, Shasta Valley
Winter WX Advisory Above 3,000′ through 10AM Monday- W. Siskiyou County, Klamath County
One final note, as Monday mornings cold front passes through the region a very cold air mass will follow. This will actually bring a rain/snow mix to our coast lines and also more snow to the Rogue Valley. For this reason, a Winter WX Advisory has now been issued for Curry, Josephine, Jackson, and Southern Douglas Counties for 1Pm Monday through 4PM Tuesday. Snow levels will drop rapidaly through Monday, and precipitation falling as rain in Medford will change to snow by late afternoon. Moisture will still be in the area for Tuesday and snow is expected to continue to fall Tuesday, so the morning commute will be of concern because temperatures will be cold enough for snow to most certainly stick to grassy surfaces, and even roadways in certain locations. Wet weather will continue throughout the remainder of the week, as more weather systems are headed our way!
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