More Snow in Valleys

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Through the morning we’re having a wave of energy move inland that is bringing more snow to the valley floor.  We could see a trace to 2 inches below 1,500 feet and 1-3 inches above that level. Snow levels will be low all day so not expecting to see the snow switch to rain for most areas a warm front will be moving through the area tomorrow and that will allow snow levels to climb. Before that passes through we’ll see another chance for widespread snow showers late tonight, and then tomorrow afternoon snow levels will finally climb above the valley floor to 2,000 feet so snow will turn to rain for the low elevations late tomorrow.

Ahead of the next front we’re going to start to see winds pick up early tomorrow with a high wind warning at the coast and winter storm watch in Siskiyou County already in place and winter weather advisory goes is in effect on the west side until 4 pm this afternoon for more snow. Driving is going to be the real challenge today as snow is on the roads and will remain there through at least the morning with some areas dealing with snowy roads through the day. Drive especially slow over overpasses and bridges as those ice first and will be where accidents are most likely. Road impacts include I-5, Hwy 62, Hwy 140, and Hwy 227 as well as the higher elevations and east side. Chain restrictions are in effect for portions of Lake of the Woods, Diamond Lake Summit and Crater Lake. Current road conditions and restrictions can be found on the ODOT website under the weather links.

The potential for blizzard-like conditions, meaning reduced visibility, will continue for areas where the snow and winds continue, such as the east side and the mountains.The chance for snow at the low elevations will continue for most of the week mainly in the overnight hours when temperatures and snow levels drop, in the afternoons snow levels will climb above valley floors switching any snow to rain. A look at snow levels for the week:

Tonight: 800 feet meaning the valleys could again see a trace to 2 inches.

Wednesday: climbing through the day to 2,000 feet in the afternoon

Thursday: Snow levels could potentially drop to 1,000 feet as the front moves through.

Friday: snow levels continue to climb 2,000 to 3,000 feet

Saturday: snow levels climb again 3,000 to 3,500 feet but potentially could drop again Sunday and Monday bringing snow showers back to the valleys.

I’ll be updating my Facebook with weather and road reports, and the homepage of KDRV.com with school closures if they again occur tomorrow. Drive safely and slowly. Thanks for logging on and stay warm today!

Meteorologist Megan Parry