Today is the calm before the storm with mostly sunny skies to start and increasing clouds this afternoon ahead of a warm front that will bring rain tomorrow. Rain will start tomorrow morning at the coast then move inland in the afternoon but the heaviest precipitation won’t occur until the cold front approaches late Tuesday. Expect to see moderate to heavy rain at the coast and coast range with the heaviest rain falling late Tuesday into early Wednesday becoming more showery during the afternoon. We’ll also have gusty winds up to 40 mph at the coast but the windiest locations will be the ridges and east side with gusts up to 50-60 mph; the National Weather Service has mentioned winds on the east side may reach Wind Advisory criteria. For the mountains we’ll see mainly rain to start turning to snow by Tuesday evening, however this rain will cause snow melt and with moderate to heavy rain at the coast rivers and streams may rise quickly, at this time not expecting flooding.
For the mountains we’ll see moderate to heavy snow at times with 4 to 8 inches of snow possible and up to a foot in favored spots near Crater Lake and Diamond Lake Summit. Expecting the heaviest snow late Tuesday through Wednesday evening, and norther of Highway 140. Expect hazardous pass travel with low visibility and snow covered roads. High profile vehicles should also take caution when strong winds are present.
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Meteorologist Megan Parry