A warm front today will bring higher snow levels this afternoon and widespread light rain through the day. In the Basin we could see morning freezing rain that could cause slick and dangerous roads at times, black ice has also been reported in Chiloquin this morning. By the afternoon freezing rain will turn to rain in the basin and to elevations up to 7,000 feet at times! A cold front will pass through this evening and that’s when we’ll start to dry out a trend that will continue tomorrow before a cold front moves through Wednesday.
We’ll see winds pick up late tomorrow ahead of the next cold front arriving on Wednesday which will bring moderate rain and snow to the area, but the real story with this system is how cold it is going to get. Temperatures and snow levels will plummet with the passing of this system which will bring the potential for valley snow as early as overnight Wednesday through Thursday morning a trend that will repeat overnight Thursday through Friday morning. We should get a break from the precipitation late Friday through early Saturday before the next system late Saturday through Sunday. We should be warmer so not expecting valley snow over the weekend.
With more snow coming through the second half of the week the potential for hazardous road conditions, especially on the passes, will be present so be sure to check road conditions before heading out, carry chains, a winter travel kit and remember you can always dial 511 for current road conditions. I’ll be updating my Facebook with road and weather reports through the morning and always like to hear what weather conditions you have in your area.
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Meteorologist Megan Parry