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First Significant Snowfall This Weekend

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

Today will be the last of the dry and mild weather we’ve been seeing all week. Our first significant snow event will move inland this weekend, bringing heavy rain to the Coast, rain to the valleys, snow to the mountains and breezy conditions to much of the region.

Cloud cover will increase this evening after midnight. Rain will begin falling early tomorrow morning at the Coast and continue driving inland. Once the cold front moves through, snow levels will drop significantly. Widespread rain is expected initially, with a transition over to rain and snow in the higher terrain and over parts of the East Side, although more showery activity is expected for the Klamath Basin.

By Saturday evening, snow levels will be between 3,000’ and 4,000.’ The rain and snow showers will be ongoing through Saturday evening, and will also linger into Sunday. Drivers will need to be cautious over the passes and in the higher terrain through the overnight hours Saturday between snow showers, which may be heavy at times, and the breezy conditions.

By Sunday evening, between 3” & 6” of snow is anticipated to fall in the Southern Oregon Cascades. Locally, higher amounts are expected – 6”-8.” Over the Siskiyous, 1”-3” in total for the weekend is expected. Siskiyou County will also see mainly shower activity through Saturday, and as of now, will stay fairly dry Sunday.

The cool and active weather pattern will be persistent through at least the middle of the next week with several disturbances following this weekend’s storm.

 

Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

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