A cold front will be making its way through our region today, dropping temperatures and snow levels as it goes. Thanks to down-sloping winds overnight the Rogue Valley stayed warm and dry which kept the chance for snow out of the morning commute. As for tonight though, snow levels will drop to around 1,100 feet late today meaning the chance for more snow tonight in the valleys is once again a possibility.
As for higher elevations we’ll see feet of snow over the next several days with up to two feet in Mt. Ashland through tomorrow, with the Mt. Shasta area getting hit hardest with an increased threat for avalanches in the back country. The mountains as well as the coast and east side will see the strongest winds today with Mt. Ashland reporting wind gusts to 70 mph this morning and Crescent City peaking at 77 mph gusts. The potential for occasional blizzard like conditions will continue through today and at least tomorrow with breezy conditions possible through the weekend leading to travel hazards and reduced visibility. If headed to the high country or over mountain passes be sure to carry chains or adequate snow tires, and practice putting the chains on in a warm dry environment, you’ll thank yourself when you’re out there facing the elements putting those chains on when you need them. Also have plenty of water, a shovel, warm clothes, and a flashlight; to find out more on how to prepare for winter weather driving you can head to the weather homepage.
For the coast: winds continue through much of the day but will calm throughout the day as well as the front moves through. Large waves will be increasing through the day, especially during high tide this morning with the waves peaking tomorrow morning. The threat for beach erosion, rip currents and flooding are possible as is the potential for downed trees and power lines.
I’ll update my Facebook as time allows tomorrow morning with weather and road updates, and be sure to tune in to Newswatch 12 This Morning starting at 5 am for any road and school closures. Stay safe and weather aware and take precaution driving through the weekend. Thanks for logging on and have happy holidays!
Meteorologist Megan Parry