A rather weak and splitting storm is bringing the first measurable snowfall to the Rogue Valley Friday morning. Cold air trapped in the valley, combined with a low snow level and light winds…will allow light precipitation to fall (as snow) as low as 800 to 1200 feet. Some higher hills above 2,000 to 2,500 feet will see 1 to 2 inches, and slushy conditions, while most valley snowfall will melt on contact with the asphalt, there may be a period between 4 AM and 8 AM when the bridges and overpasses will see a build-up of slush or a little accumulation. Most snow will accumulate on the grassy surfaces and will melt quickly within a few hours.
Mountain passes, however, will have a coating of snow in the 1 to 3 inch range…and above 3,000 feet, snow packed roads, slush build-up and even compacted ice…could create some treacherous driving conditions for a while in the morning. Extra caution should be taken, or travel delayed until later in the afternoon or on Saturday morning if possible.
Several very large, cold, Gulf of Alaska storms will slam into Southern Oregon and Northern California late Saturday through Monday morning, Tuesday, and again on Thursday. Several feet of snow will accumulate above 4,000 feet and likely as much as 4 to 8 feet of snow above 7,500 feet by the end of next week. Mountain passes will be hit hard at times, so staying alert to the latest weather conditions on NewsWatch 12 and KDRV.com in the weather area is paramount for those who will be traveling.