A cold front that’s passing through the area this morning will bring widespread rain and snow that may be heavy at times and impact travel. The heaviest precipitation will fall through the morning then tapper off for most areas this afternoon. High profile vehicles should use extra caution with gusty winds, and everyone should be prepared for winter weather travel when headed over the high country and passes. Carry chains and extra supplies, you can learn what to put in a winter travel kit on the weather homepage. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the east side and Siskiyou county until 4 PM today and for the Cascades until 10 AM, this is due to heavy snow at times and winds.
The main travel threats for today will be snow packed roads, reduced visibility due to blowing and drifting snow, and isolated thunderstorms at the coast that may produce small hail. As we head into the afternoon the western valleys with become more showery with periods of heavy rain and snow still possible for the coast, ridges and east side through the afternoon and finally tapering off tonight. We’ll see drying in the overnight hours with temperatures plummeting, especially for areas that see clearing. The coldest nights of the week will be this weekend and for areas that see clearing on the east side temperatures could drop below freezing. Be sure to protect your pipes from freezing and bring any sensitive plants and animals indoors. Also remember if you have outdoor pets to have unfrozen water handy for them. For more on pet safety in cold weather head to the weather homepage.
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Meteorologist Megan Parry