Strong Spring Storm On Our Doorstep

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A warm front will be bringing warm light rain this evening turning to more widespread heavier rain and gusty winds tonight and continue until the cold front passes tomorrow. Winds will be increasing during this evening as will rain with the heaviest precipitation at the coast from around 10 tonight until mid-morning tomorrow and lasting until tomorrow evening for the mountains, northern California and the east side. For the east side this is mainly a wind event, not expecting heavy precipitation for the east side, more scattered showers. With snow levels around 6,000 feet this afternoon and only dropping to 4,500 feet by tomorrow, this is mainly a rain event and this will lead to rapid river rises west of the Cascades because of the amount of rain and snow melt, however not expecting any flooding. The coast and coast range could see up to 3 inches of rain by tomorrow.

For the Rogue Valley, the west side including Grants Pass, Rogue River and Merlin will more likely see rain this evening then areas of the east side including Medford, Eagle Point, and White City today as the rain shadow will allow the east side to see just light showers. Tomorrow all areas have a good chance to see more widespread rain through the morning as the winds shift with the approach of the front.

Several Wind Advisory’s and High Wind Watches are in effect east of the Cascades and for central Siskiyou county for wind gusts up to 60 to 70 mph, and a High Wind Warning is in effect at the coast with gusts up to 60 mph, this just means gusts that high will occur at the coast whereas the watch means they are likely. These winds may cause travel problems for high profile vehicles and local power outages.

With snow levels dropping by tomorrow we’ll see heavy mountain snow above 6,000 feet, mainly early tomorrow with the potential of 4 to 8 inches of accumulation and perhaps a foot at Crater Lake. While Cascade pass travel will not be a problem today, tomorrow the higher passes like Diamond Lake Summit and perhaps Lake of the Woods may be hazardous with snow and winds leading to reduced visibility. Snow levels will drop to 3,500 feet Wednesday night, but we won’t have as much moisture, so any showers that fall will be light and not expecting much accumulation at that point.

I’ll be updating my Facebook tomorrow morning with weather and road reports from this storm and be sure to stay tuned for Dan’s forecast tonight for all the latest! Thanks for logging on and have a great Tuesday!

Meteorologist Megan Parry