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Freezing Rain & Strong Winds Today

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A cold front will be making it’s way across the area today and ahead of this system we’ll see strong winds on the east side, ridges and central Siskiyou county, high surf at the coast, and isolated events of freezing rain through the morning on the west side and potentially through the afternoon on the east side. Freezing rain falls as rain due to a warm atmosphere, but once it hits the freezing surface it freezes on impact which cause icy roads and with enough accumulation can lead power lines and tree branches to collapse. The most likely places to see freezing rain will be areas around Grants Pass, Cave Junction as well as Scott’s and Illinois Valleys, the Klamath Basin and in the Siskiyou’s.

Once the front passes through the winds will calm and the rain will lighten up and eventually dry out tonight leading to areas of valley fog through the morning. Another system will start to impact the coast tomorrow afternoon and move inland Friday bringing widespread rain and snow to the area again. Winds may impact the coast and ridges Friday and Saturday, as we get closer to the weekend we’ll have a better grasp on how much of an impact this next storm will have, as of now it looks like the heaviest rain and snow will be north of our area. Stay tuned to Newswatch 12 for all the latest on this next round of storms.

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Meteorologist Megan Parry