A series of storms is expected to impact our region beginning tonight. Up to 2 feet of snow is expected at Crater Lake and 17″ at Lake of Woods. The National Weather Service is advising people to use caution if traveling in the region during this time. A ridge of high pressure is expected to develop by Monday bringing in much nicer weather for spring break.
A winter storm warning has just been issued for our region.
From the NWS Medford:
Moderate to heavy snow will impact southern Oregon and northern California tonight into Friday. Snow will be wet and heavy and could cause tree limbs/branches to break. Power outages are possible. Heaviest snow will fall in the mountains above 2000 feet, and could fall in the valleys on Friday night. Be prepared for snow-covered and slippery roads and reduced visibility. Roads affected will be I-5, US Highway 97, US Highway 395, Highway 3, Highway 62, Highway 140, and more.
This will create very hazardous travel with slippery, snow covered roads, and periods of poor visibility due to moderate to heavy snow.
If you must travel, carry emergency kit with chains, flashlight, batteries, blankets, food, water, and medications. Be prepared for wintry travel conditions and be sure to check road conditions before venturing out.
You can call 511 for Oregon or California road conditions (while you’re in either state), or visit their websites listed below.
Oregon road conditions: www.tripcheck.com
California road conditions: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/
NWS hazard viewer: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/map/?wfo=mfr
Press Release from NWS Medford. Images provided by same.