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Winter Weather Update 11-21-18

A series of three storms has begun to pass through our region. The first one is currently approaching the Klamath Basin from the west and south and rain should develop in our area this evening. Winds have been gusting up to around 37mph at the Klamath Falls airport at the time of this posting.


A much stronger storm is expected on Thanksgiving day. High wind watches have been issued and winds could reach around 50mph for our area on Thanksgiving day. There is a risk of power outages with winds that high.

Snow levels should be around 4,500 to 5,500 feet for the Klamath Falls area. Up to 3 feet of snow is possible in the Cascade mountains in Oregon at higher elevations like Crater Lake.

Yet another storm is expected on Friday right behind the Thanksgiving storm. It will be weaker but will add more mountain snow and valley rain to the region.

Several weather alerts were just issued by the NWS Medford a few minutes ago. We have included them here in this post.

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(Radar Map Courtesy NWS Medford)

The above radar return shows rain progressing toward Klamath Falls.

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The above map shows sustained wind speeds as the first storm approaches our area.

Winter Storm Warning issued November 21 at 2:34PM PST until November 23 at 4:00AM PST by NWS Medford

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THURSDAY TO 4 AM PST FRIDAY…

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THURSDAY TO 4 AM PST FRIDAY…

* WHAT… In the warning area… snow and blowing snow expected with wind gusts to 60 mph possible. Localized heavy snow and white out conditions possible. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches, with localized amounts up to 10 inches. In the advisory area… total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches with snow and blowing snow. Gusts to 45 mph possible.

* WHERE… Northern and Eastern Klamath County and Western Lake County and Central and Eastern Lake County. Locations in the warning area include areas above about 5500 feet including Winter Rim and Warner Pass. Locations in the advisory area include Modoc Point, Chemult, and some stretches of highway 140 between Klamath Falls and Lakeview.

* WHEN… For the Winter Storm Warning, from 10 AM Thursday to 4 AM PST Friday. For the Winter Weather Advisory, from 10 AM Thursday to 4 AM PST Friday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS… Plan on difficult travel conditions. Damage to trees and power lines is likely. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.

* View the hazard area in detail at https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/HAZARD

* Travel is strongly discouraged because of dangerous conditions. * If you must travel, keep tire chains, a flashlight, blankets, food, water, medications, and a fully charged phone with you. * The safest place during a winter storm is indoors. * A Winter Storm Warning means that severe winter weather is likely and poses a threat to life and property. Take protective action now.

Winter Weather Advisory issued November 21 at 2:34PM PST until November 23 at 4:00AM PST by NWS Medford

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THURSDAY TO 4 AM PST FRIDAY…

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THURSDAY TO 4 AM PST FRIDAY…

* WHAT… In the warning area… snow and blowing snow expected with wind gusts to 60 mph possible. Localized heavy snow and white out conditions possible. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches, with localized amounts up to 10 inches. In the advisory area… total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches with snow and blowing snow. Gusts to 45 mph possible.

* WHERE… Northern and Eastern Klamath County and Western Lake County and Central and Eastern Lake County. Locations in the warning area include areas above about 5500 feet including Winter Rim and Warner Pass. Locations in the advisory area include Modoc Point, Chemult, and some stretches of highway 140 between Klamath Falls and Lakeview.

* WHEN… For the Winter Storm Warning, from 10 AM Thursday to 4 AM PST Friday. For the Winter Weather Advisory, from 10 AM Thursday to 4 AM PST Friday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS… Plan on difficult travel conditions. Damage to trees and power lines is likely. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.

* View the hazard area in detail at https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/HAZARD

* Travel is strongly discouraged because of dangerous conditions. * If you must travel, keep tire chains, a flashlight, blankets, food, water, medications, and a fully charged phone with you. * The safest place during a winter storm is indoors. * A Winter Storm Warning means that severe winter weather is likely and poses a threat to life and property. Take protective action now.

Wind Advisory issued November 21 at 9:32AM PST until November 21 at 10:00PM PST by NWS Medford

…WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM PST THIS EVENING…

…HIGH WIND WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT…

* Winds: South 25 to 35 with gusts to 45 mph today, then southwest 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph possible Thursday.

* Timing: Gusty winds are expected this afternoon and evening, then stronger and more widespread winds are possible Thursday afternoon through Thursday night.

* Locations in the Advisory include: Highway 31 between Paisley and Summer Lake.

* Locations in the Watch include: All of central and eastern Lake County, including Adel, Lakeview, Summer Lake, Paisley, Silver Lake, Fort Rock, and Christmas Valley.

* Impacts: Travel will be difficult for lightweight and high profile vehicles. Loose outdoor objects or materials could get blown about. Wind may damage trees and vulnerable structures.

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected with higher gusts possible. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

High Wind Watch issued November 21 at 9:32AM PST until November 23 at 4:00AM PST by NWS Medford

…WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM PST THIS EVENING…

…HIGH WIND WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT…

* Winds: South 25 to 35 with gusts to 45 mph today, then southwest 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph possible Thursday.

* Timing: Gusty winds are expected this afternoon and evening, then stronger and more widespread winds are possible Thursday afternoon through Thursday night.

* Locations in the Advisory include: Highway 31 between Paisley and Summer Lake.

* Locations in the Watch include: All of central and eastern Lake County, including Adel, Lakeview, Summer Lake, Paisley, Silver Lake, Fort Rock, and Christmas Valley.

* Impacts: Travel will be difficult for lightweight and high profile vehicles. Loose outdoor objects or materials could get blown about. Wind may damage trees and vulnerable structures.

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected with higher gusts possible. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

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