Thursday’s cold front has now moved further inland. Winds have died down along the coast, and will continue to die down through the Rogue Valley and then the Basin as it progresses eastward this evening. Showery precipitation is expected through the overnight hours. Once again, we are looking at rain showers along the coast and snow showers for the Basin and the Mountains. As for the Rogue Valley, we will start off with rain through early evening but as the temperatures cool the rain will change to snow. Most of the accumulation will be on both the West and East sides, with the Western side seeing anywhere from 4″-7″ above 2,000′ through Friday morning, and the Eastern side seeing about 3″-5″ above 1600′ through Friday morning. Medford will see the least accumulation-mainly on grassy surfaces, trees, bridges, etc. However, wouldn’t be surprised to see a very light dusting on some roadways. Once again, the roads will be slick and be very cautious of ice and snow!
The Siskiyous, primarily Mt. Shasta, will see heavy snow fall this evening and through much of your Friday. The snow level will be around 2,000′ tomorrow, and by the end of the day Mt. Shasta could see as much as 48″ of fresh snow! For the rest of the Shasta Valley, 7″-14″ of snow could fall by days end. Again, this will most certainly impact driving conditions. The overpasses will be very dangerous, especially at night with heavy snow falling. For this reason, it is still advised that if driving can be avoided, then please refrain from doing so!
Additional snowfall is expected in the Cascades and also the Basin throughout Friday. 8″-16″ of new snow is possible in the Mountains by the end of the day, and a trace to 2″ is possible in the Basin, with higher amounts in the northern parts, in and around Chemult.
Winter storm warnings, weather advisories, and high wind warnings are still in effect through the evening and into the morning-mainly until 10AM Friday. The next storm headed our way will arrive late Friday evening into Saturday morning. Winds will not be as strong with this next system, and the main concern will still be precipitation. The coast will continue to get slammed with rain, the Rogue Valley will see snow changing to rain, then back to snow, and back to rain through Sunday (this will all be showery the second half of the weekend). The basin will see snow Saturday, and snow showers for Sunday.
Continue to check in with the NewsWatch12 weather team through this unsettled weather pattern and also for the Christmas forecasts! Everyone be safe!