** UPDATED 10:30AM**
Precipitation has begun across our area — falling in the form of rain & snow. Snow is falling in the foothills of the West Side and over much of Siskiyou County. Snow is blanketing the roads over Diamond Lake, Lake of the Woods, Crater Lake ..and also there is light snow at Siskiyou Summit. Chains are required on towing vehicles near Crater Lake & Diamond Lake but with the continuing winter weather, chains restrictions will likely come.
A number of advisories/warnings are in place to account for the expected weather conditions. A high wind warning is in place for the Southern Oregon Coast, a wind advisory for the Del Norte County coast & also the Shasta Valley. A winter storm warning is in effect for Siskiyou County above 3,000′ and also for the Klamath Basin, Siskiyous & Cascades. These are all in effect through tonight at 10pm as of right now.
Precipitation will be moderate to heavy at times. In the high country strong winds will lead to blowing and drifting snow, which in turn will reduce visibilities. Carry chains and drive cautiously. For today, elevations above 2,000′ on the West Side will receive between a trace and 4″ of snow. For Siskiyou County below 3,000′ a trace to 4″ is also expected but significant snow above 4,000′ and up to a foot for some areas. In the Basin this will be 2″-5″ and the Cascades 6″-12″ with even more near Crater Lake & Diamond Lake.
Precipitation will be ongoing through the weekend with snow levels staying low through much of Friday. Friday evening a warm front will help to raise snow levels into Saturday. By tomorrow, they will rise above passes. Today, Siskiyou Summit and the Cascade passes will be those areas to look out for. Precipitation will likely stay as snow for much of Siskiyou County through tomorrow morning. Mt. Shasta will see a foot of snow or more through the next 48 hours and Mt. Ashland probably 6″-12.”
More updates will come on this winter weather, keep it here with the Stormwatch 12 weather team for the latest.
Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese