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Travel Concerns for Holiday Weekend

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

Quiet weather remains in place over the West while a high pressure ridge sits over our region. A weak front will stay just off the Coastline today and weaken as it moves northward. This system is bringing high clouds into the forecast area, but rainfall is not expected. The moist onshore wind may bring drizzle to the Coast through the morning before fizzling out. For this reason, clouds will likely linger through much of the day in Curry County.

Inland, low lying clouds and morning fog will lift and make way for mostly sunny conditions. The dry weather will continue through the holiday and into Black Friday. With the exception of some clouds, Thanksgiving will be nice – partly to mostly sunny.

There are travel concerns for the second half of the weekend with a very cold air mass that is expected to move in from the North sometime Saturday through Monday. The exact timing and rain/snow amounts are still uncertain at this time, given we are roughly 5-6 days out from this time period. Regardless, snow levels could potentially drop to 2,000’ with this air mass, and good precipitation is also expected.

This would bring wet roads & light snow accumulations to all of the major passes over the Cascades & the Siskiyous. If you are traveling Sunday afternoon and evening stay tuned to NewsWatch 12 for updates as the weekend gets closer. Snow conditions will worsen the further north you are. Those traveling south from Portland, Seattle, etc. should be prepared for a quick change in the weather and snow on the roads. Again, the timing and exactly how far south this snow will be through the Sun/Mon time period is still uncertain. Because this is one of the most heavily traveled times of the year, this situation will be watched very closely.

 

Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

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