If you have been wishing or praying for a white Christmas locally, you just might see one this year. Klamath Alerts has been following forecast information this past week and we have just learned that the latest forecast data indicates a probability of a significant Christmas Eve snow storm for Klamath Falls, Alturas, and Lakeview.
Several winter storms are in the forecast for the region mainly dumping snow at 4,500 feet and above in the mountains. The first storm will transit the area starting tonight. This storm will mainly impact the mountains with periods of snow.
An additional and stronger storm is currently forecast to arrive in our area on Monday (Christmas Eve). The current data shows 3-5 inches of snow at 4,000 feet and above for Klamath Falls, Alturas, and Lakeview. We will post additional information if it becomes available.
From the NWS Medford:
Stormy Weather through Christmas Eve
The heaviest snow accumulations will occur on the Cascade passes from Highway 140 northward, including Crater Lake and Diamond Lake. Significant snow is forecast on Highway 97 between Chiloquin and Crescent, including Chemult. Expect wintry travel conditions mainly above 4500 feet. Significant snow may occur on Monday east of the Cascades impacting the cities of Klamath Falls, Lakeview, and Alturas. Snow levels may begin around 4500 feet Monday afternoon and then lower to near 4000 feet. Siskiyou Summit on I-5 could see a few inches of snow on Monday.
Snow: Moderate confidence for amounts above 4500 feet. Snow: Low to moderate confidence for amounts in Klamath Falls, Lakeview, and Alturas due to borderline snow levels
12 to 18 inches of snow is expected through Christmas Eve for the high passes from Highway 140 northward. From Chiloquin to Chemult and Crescent there could be 6 to 10 inches through Christmas Eve.
Snow levels will mainly range between 4500 and 5000 feet and then lower to around 4000 feet on Monday afternoon or evening.
A series of winter storms will impact the region through Christmas Eve. Wintry driving conditions are expected on many of the high passes in southern Oregon and northern California. East of the Cascades, the greatest chance for significant snow will be Monday
Various winter weather advisories are in effect through Christmas Eve.