Winter Storm Update 2-12-19 PM
A major winter storm is now approaching our area and it is associated with an atmospheric river. Here is the latest information.
Snow is forecast for our area tonight and it is already snowing at the higher elevations. Snow levels are now expected to rise on Wednesday to 6,500 feet. Snow is expected to turn to rain in the morning for our local area (around 10am or so). Eventually snow levels are expected to drop Thursday as another cold front approaches. An additional cold front will lower snow levels more as snow levels Friday are expected to be back to around 2000 – 1500 feet.
Freezing rain is possible for Klamath Falls in the morning on Wednesday during the expected transition from snow to rain and sleet. Currently little to now ice accumulation is expected.
ODOT has released a travel advisory for extreme travel conditions in the mountains tonight.
The snow is expected to be very wet and heavy and there is a high risk of downed trees and possible power outages.
The NWS is forecasting near-record 24-hour snowfall amounts for Mount Shasta City tonight as 1 to 2 inch per hour snowfall rates are expected to occur.
Current best guess on snow amounts for Klamath Falls is 3-7 inches of new snow tonight and around 1-2 inches Wednesday before it changes to rain. If the forecast is right we will have a slushy mess to deal with by late Wednesday morning.
Hazard Summary With This Storm:
- Downed trees due to heavy snow and high winds
- Possible power outages
- Heavy snow rates and drifting snow mixed with high winds producing areas of zero visibility
- Wiper blades could be overpowered by heavy snow rates or blowing snow in mountain areas
- Snow covered roadways
Currently there are no flood advisories but the NWS will be watching river levels as the snow levels rise and rain moves in over the snow. We will update if new information becomes available.