Today a weak disturbance will bring light isolated showers to the region, mainly at the coast and higher elevations with little snow accumulation. However, a much more juicy strong storm system will hit our area late tomorrow through Saturday. The heaviest rain and snow will fall tomorrow night with strong to damaging winds at the coast, ridges and east side. Snow levels will plummet with the passing of this system and if enough moisture is left Saturday morning even low elevations could be waking up to snow on the ground. With gusts up to 50 mph possible at the coast and sustained winds 20-30 mph we’ll see high surf with breaker waves up to 25 feet, sneaker waves, and possible beach erosion. Preparations should be taken if you are on the coast.
Avoid travel this weekend if possible, especially when the storm is moving through as blowing and drifting snow may reduce visibility at times as well as snow and ice covered roads making travel trecherous at times. Roads likely impacted include highways 140, 97, and 395. Interstate 5 at times may become hazardous, more so north than south. This system will hit southern Oregon more so than northern California. Snow levels will drop to 1,000 feet at times by Saturday morning.
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Meteorologist Megan Parry