An arctic cold front is approaching the area and region now. Snow levels are already reported down to near sea level in the Seattle, WA area at time of this posting. The approaching storm has origins in western Canada and is bringing very cold air with it.
The NWS says that exact snow amounts are difficult to predict with these types of storms because the precipitation is showery and terrain can enhance the snowfall amounts in some areas, while leaving other areas a short distance away with little or no snow.
The latest information from the NWS suggests that Klamath Falls will see roughly 5 inches if snow in most areas from this storm. Expect widespread winter driving conditions and very cold weather behind this storm. Highs for the next couple of days are only forecast near freezing. Depending on clearing Tuesday we could be looking at low temperatures in the single digits for our area.
Dangerous Travel Conditions Expected Tonight And Monday:
Because of the extended shower activity and cold air, any melting snow during the day Monday will rapidly convert to ice Monday evening.
Widespread travel impacts for most highways and area roads due to snow:
○ Roads above 2000 feet this evening.
○ Roads above 1000 feet tonight.
○ Roads down to 500 feet by Monday morning.
○ Coastal areas may see periods of snow down to the beaches but expect only brief and light snow on roads.
● Snow is possible all the way down to 500 feet Monday morning.
● Heaviest snow expected tonight into Monday morning then scattered to numerous light to moderate showers into Monday evening.
● Below freezing temperatures across southern Oregon and northern California Tuesday morning. (Teens east of the cascades, 20s west of the Cascades) Could be near freezing at the coast.
● Any snow that melts on roads during the day Monday will likely refreeze Monday night, resulting in icy roads.
*Travel is strongly discouraged during a winter storm because conditions could become dangerous.
*If you must travel tomorrow, especially over the passes, be sure to take an emergency supply kit containing food, water, medications, blankets, flashlight with batteries, and a fully charged phone with phone charger with you.
*Check road conditions before you go. Check http://www.tripcheck.com for