Weekend Weather Outlook: Cold With High Elevation Snow Possible
A cold and showery weekend is ahead with light high elevation snow possible. Snow levels down to 4,000 feet by Saturday night. 4-6 inches of snow could fall in the Crater Lake area. Significant travel impacts not expected.
Above: Current snowfall forecast for this weekend. (Could be revised as the weekend gets closer)
A cold low pressure system is expected to bring cold and showery weather for this weekend. Significant travel impacts are not expected due to warm road surface and ground temperatures.
For the Klamath Falls area the temperatures really begin to drop Saturday. The precipitation is expected to be showery in nature. The snow showers in the higher elevations could cause brief slippery conditions if they are heavy and strong enough to produce accumulation on the warm roadways.
From the NWS Medford:
Snow levels will plummet through this change in pattern as well. Beginning Friday, snow levels will be around 6000 to 7000 feet– basically Crater Lake Rim and high terrain of the Cascades could see snow. On Saturday, snow levels will drop to around 5000 feet– meaning snow showers could occur for the higher passes, including Lake of the Woods pass on Highway 140 between Medford and Klamath Falls. This then on Saturday night, snow levels will drop 4000 feet. A few snow showers could be possible at some of the mid- level passes, like along I-5 at Siskiyou Summit.
Snowfall amounts will be extremely light, and with warm road conditions, we are not expecting much in the way of travel impacts. (We are expecting around 4 to 4 and a half inches of snow at Crater Lake from Saturday through Sunday night.) Much less across the passes, with maybe just a trace of snow at Siskiyou Summit.
Monday looks to be a cold night with a low expected around 27 degrees. Temperatures are then expected to moderate and rebound by mid week.