The snow continued to fall in the higher elevations through Friday. Snow totals have reached 2′+ in Northern California, and with the approaching front these totals will only rise through the weekend! Snow levels will rise as well this evening and into Saturday to about 2,000′-2,500′, so most precipitation for the weekend in the Rogue Valley will be in the form of rain. The heaviest snowfall and the most hazardous conditions will be in the Mt. Shasta City area, through Sunday evening. Driving in the mountain overpasses is still not recommended.
Rain and snow will increase in strength across the region this evening, as the next cold front approaches. Arriving Saturday morning, we will see moderate to heavy rain and winds along the coast for much of the day. A flood watch remains in effect along the coast until 5PM Saturday. With the already saturated grounds, flooding is a concern with the additional 2-3″ of rain that could fall in the coming day in Curry County and the Coastal Mountains. Additionally, the winds are causing downed trees and power outages across many areas. In the Rogue Valley, we could actually see some clearing by mid afternoon before more showers come into play through Saturday evening. For the mountains, heavy snow will fall through Friday evening and continue through the day tomorrow. The passes are still extremely dangerous to travel. This will be the case for the entire weekend, as another system is expected to arrive Sunday afternoon slamming Northern California with more snow again! Unfortunately, this is bad news for holiday travelers planning to head southbound. Interstate 5 near Sexton Summit could see 4″+ of snow by midday Saturday. Interstate 5 near Siskiyou Summit could see 6″+ by Saturday afternoon. Another area of concern, is Highway 199 near Hayes Hill where 6″+ could fall by midday.
Continue to check in with the NewsWatch12 weather team to get the latest updates with these storms, and also the Christmas forecasts! Please be safe and happy holidays!