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Valley Rain & Mountain Snow Tonight

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

A warm front moving through the Northwest will bring scattered showers to the region this morning. The only showers on the radar currently are in the form of snow along the Cascades. As the warm front pushes inland through the morning, spotty rain showers will begin developing in all areas.

A cold front will follow late this afternoon and evening, which will bring more widespread showers and measurable rain to the West Side. Cold air behind the front will drop this afternoon’s 5,000′ snow levels down to 3,500′ by midnight. Post frontal snow showers will then develop along the Cascades and in the Klamath Basin into Thursday morning.

Snow accumulations will range from 2″-5″ across the high terrain, 4″-6″ near Crater Lake and Diamond Lake and 1″-3″ in the Klamath Basin (more towards Lakeview & in the Warner Mountains).

Thursday morning will bring a brief break before our next storm system is knocking on our doorstep yet again. Another front will move in from the West Thursday afternoon, allowing showers to then return. Snow levels will quickly rebound by this time though and most showers will be in the form of rain.

Friday will be the “calm before the storm.” A very potent storm will move in for the weekend & if you have plans to travel Saturday evening or Sunday, you’ll want to keep a close eye on the forecast into the coming days. The warm front will bring isolated to scattered rain showers Friday afternoon & evening before the cold front moves through on Saturday.

Saturday will bring not only moderate to heavy rain to all areas west of the Cascades but also strong winds and snow to the passes. The computer models have been in good agreement with this storm since last weekend, which means it’s likely it will pan out as expected. Curry & Coos Counties will likely see 1″-2″ of rain and a high wind warning will most likely go into effect for parts of the forecast area. Snow levels are going to start off high, but as the front passes through and brings in the cold air ..moisture will continue to allow showers to develop. Snow showers could bring some significant snowfall to the higher elevations and winter weather to the passes Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

We’ll have more details on this weekend’s storm in the days to come.

Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

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