The cold front moved through the region yesterday dropping 8 inches of snow at Crater Lake and 6 inches at Mt. Ashland and now a very cold airmass has taken hold over the area. A wave of energy is shifting through the area today that will bring widespread scattered showers to the region, starting off as snow then turning to rain late this morning for the low elevations, then back to snow again tonight as another wave of energy brings in another round of moisture. This next round will once again bring enough snow by tomorrow morning that road conditions may be slick and snow covered and school delays or closures may be implemented. We’ll have the latest starting at 5am during Newswatch 12 This Morning.
Road conditions, in particular over the passes will be deteriorating through the day as snow continues to fall. You can always find the most up to date road conditions under the weather links on the weather homepage, and you can dial 511 while you’re out travelling. Be prepared with a winter travel kit with extra food and water as well as carrying chains if you’re headed over the passes. Find out more on the weather homepage as well.
Tomorrow afternoon we’ll start to dry out for inland areas and get a break from the precipitation through early Saturday before the next chance for rain and snow moves in this weekend. Weather models aren’t in great agreement on the timing of the next system or the strength. I’m leaning towards late Saturday through early Sunday for the best chance for rain, with snow levels remaining above the valley floor for the most part, and relatively dry on the east side.
I’ll be updating my Facebook with the latest road conditions and weather reports and would love to hear what you’ve seen in your area! Thanks for logging on and drive safely today!
Meteorologist Megan Parry