A strong front is moving into northern Oregon at this time bringing rain, snow, wind and lowering snow levels. This system will hit the coast to the Cascades north of Crater Lake between 10 and midnight with rain and snow moving south overnight into tomorrow morning. The heaviest rain and snow will fall overnight into tomorrow morning with decreasing showers on Saturday. The main impacts of this storm will be at the higher terrain with heavy snow falling above 3,500 feet in the Cascades and heavy rain in the Coast Range with lighter accumulations for west and east side valleys. Travel over the higher Cascade passes including Lake of the Woods, Diamond Lake Summit, Greensprings Interchange and even Siskiyou Summit will be impacted due to snow and ice covered roads and reduced visibility due to gusty winds. A Wind Advisory is in effect for east Klamath, Lake and Modoc counties until 1pm Saturday with winds out of the west northwest of 30 to 40 mph and gusts anywhere from 40 to 55 mph.
North of Crater Lake we could see up to 6″ of snow, south of Crater Lake up to 4″ with even an inch or two possible over Siskiyou Summit and several inches at Mt. Ashland by Saturday evening. Through the day Saturday we’ll see decreasing shower activity with mainly only isolated showers for west and east side valleys and most afternoon showers only in the Cascades and Siskiyous.
Fog will return Sunday morning with areas of freezing valley fog Monday morning. The next storm system on our doorstep looks to arrive Tuesday into Wednesday bringing heavy rain and strong winds to all areas. This storm will tap into tropical moisture and thus rain totals will be higher due to high moisture content and mainly in the form of rain with snow levels remaining around 5,000 to 7,000 feet.
Thanks for logging on and have a great weekend!