A cold front passed through this morning and snow levels have dropped close to 4,000 feet and will continue to drop to 3,000 feet by Sunday morning. We saw thunderstorms at the coast and as far inland as O’Brien with heavy rain falling. Rain, snow and wind will all ease overnight but shower activity will continue into Sunday especially at the coast and Cascades. Winds will be greatly lighten up tonight though it will be fairly breezy along and east of the Cascades Sunday finally calming in the afternoon.
Several watches and warnings are still in effect tonight including a High Surf Warning at the coast until 1pm Sunday and the High Wind Warning will end on the east side at 10 tonight. A Winter Weather Advisory in effect for west Siskiyou county and the Klamath Basin for snow and wind. Be prepared for winter driving conditions even over Siskiyou Summit but especially Diamond Lake, Lake of the Woods and Doak Mountain into Sunday with snow covered roads and reduced visibility due to blowing and drifting snow. You can check the tripcheck website under the ‘weather links’ on the weather homepage.
Through the rest of tonight additional snow totals:
North of Lake of the Woods above 5,000′: 10″-18″ Between 4,000′ and 5,000′: 6″-12″ and snowfall rates could be as high as 1″ per hour at times.
Southern Oregon Cascades and Siskiyous: 5″-10″
East Side: 2″-5″ and in north Klamath county 4″-8″
Winds will ease overnight but could see gusts up to 40-65 over the next several hours at the coast, ridges, east side and Shasta Valley. Things change quickly overnight Sunday into next week as we transition back to a dry pattern with high pressure building back in. This will bring west side valley fog and low clouds and deteriorating air quality while outside the fog it will be sunny and mild with cold mornings on the east side and the Chetco Effect at the coast warming Brookings into the 60s!
Meteorologist Megan Parry