Weather Outlook Posted 2:30pm 1/18/19
An “unannounced” and under forecasted snow storm has blanketed Klamath Falls and the region today. The wet snow has covered area roadways resulting in several injury traffic accidents today, along with many vehicles in ditches and off the road.
Colder air has persisted in the local area today creating much more snow than was expected in the original forecast data.
The NWS in Medford says a warm front attached to an “Atmospheric River” type event has arrived in our area. The warm front will eventually mix warmer air into our area over the next few hours changing the snow over to rain. The snow we are now seeing should last only a few more hours. According to the NWS the snow is expected to be all rain by around 5pm tonight.
Additionally, Snow levels are expected to rapidly climb to 6,500 to 8,000 feet over the next few hours.
Significant rain is expected tonight into Saturday night as a warm front with a following cold front attached to an atmospheric river will stall over the region resulting in high amounts of rain. Flooding is expected in some areas of Siskiyou County and along the coast near Brookings.
Crater Lake is expected to receive over 3 inches of rain by Saturday night, and Klamath Falls is expected to receive about 0.61 inches.
More information will be updated as it becomes available.