Weather Outlook: Snow Storm This Weekend With Low Snow Levels

Snow Storm

A weak system could bring light snow showers Thursday night into Friday morning this week. However, a much stronger system is expected Saturday with more significant snow expected for our region. Skies have cleared out and with the cold air and snow in place now we are expecting a very cold night tonight.

Here is a projection of lows in our region tonight into Thursday morning:

A low pressure system is expected to approach our area from the Northwest and generate a wide area of snow showers starting this Saturday.  The heaviest snow showers are currently expected Saturday afternoon and evening. Additional showers are expected Sunday though not as wide spread.

The difference with this storm is that the roads and air are already cold, so unlike the last storm that started with rain…this storm will start as snow.

Snow could fall at the coast and even in Medford with this storm, but details are still not certain.

Here is the current thinking with snowfall amounts. (These amounts are subject to change as additional information becomes available)

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  • Widespread travel impacts for most highways and area roads due to snow:

    • Roads above 2000 feet Saturday through Sunday morning.

    • Roads above 1000 feet Saturday night into Sunday morning.

    • Roads down to 500 feet .

    • 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 early Sunday morning.

  • Heaviest snow expected late Saturday morning into Saturday evening, then scattered to numerous light to moderate showers Saturday night into Sunday morning.

  • Below freezing temperatures across southern Oregon and northern California Saturday night into Sunday morning. (Teens east of the Cascades, upper 20s west of the Cascades)  Could be near freezing at the coast.

  • Any snow that melts on roads during the day Sunday will likely refreeze Sunday night, resulting in icy roads.

Additional information will be updated as it becomes available.

 

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