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Potential For Hazardous Travel

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A warm front will move through the area today meaning snow levels will climb quickly during the day so any precipitation that falls for the low elevations will be in the form of rain. A cold front moves in later tonight dropping snow levels again meaning the valley floors have the chance to see more snow early tomorrow morning. While weather models continue to slow down the incoming front if that front hits in the morning like it does right now, we’ll see 1-3″ of early morning snow in the valley and 2-6″ above 2,000 feet with feet of snow accumulating through the rest of the week in the Cascades, Siskiyous and Mt. Shasta. A busy holiday travel weekend is upon us as is the  potential for hazardous driving conditions. Through the weekend I advise checking road conditions before heading out, while on the roads remember you can dial 511 for road conditions, carry chains or proper snow tires, and leave extra travel time so you can drive slowly over hazardous conditions. Chain restrictions are currently in effect for portions of Lake of the Woods and Diamond Lake Summits, you can find what those are under weather links.

Timing: As of now, the next chance for snow below 2,000 feet will be just before many people’s morning commute around 7 am.  Above 2,000 feet we’ll see snow start around 4 AM. As for winds we’ve already seen them start to blow at the coast we’ll see winds increasing throughout the day and moving inland. Strong winds will be with through the next several days with the strongest winds occurring today and tonight. For the coast we’ll see large waves and hazardous conditions in surf zones and occasional hurricane force wind gusts.

Climate: Medford broke a record daily snowfall amount getting 0.6 inches of snow for the official report. This beats the old record of 0.4 inches set back in 1984.

I’ll be updating my Facebook as often as I can during the morning with weather and road reports. Drive safe, stay warm, and don’t blow away! Thanks for logging on!