Weather Outlook: Strong Storm Expected To Bring Wind, Rain, And Snow Today

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A strong storm is making its way into our region now. Rain has already arrived with snow falling or expected soon at Willamette Pass and Crater Lake. Winds are expected to increase this morning. Snow is expected in higher areas above 5,000 feet today (mostly north of Highway 140)

Gusty winds expected today have prompted the NWS to issue several wind advisories and a warning for areas east of Klamath Falls. A winter weather advisory is in place for Crater Lake and Diamond Lake areas.

A wind advisory is starting for the local area beginning at 5am:

…WIND ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM PDT THIS AFTERNOON…

* WHAT…West winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.

* WHERE…The northern potion of highway 139.

* WHEN…Until 5 PM PDT.

* IMPACTS…Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree
limbs could be blown down and power outages may result.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The strongest winds will be over the higher
terrain this morning, then winds will affect more of the valleys
by afternoon.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high
profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.

High Wind Warning issued October 19 at 2:33AM PDT until October 19 at 5:00PM PDT by NWS Medford

…HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM PDT THIS AFTERNOON…

* WHAT… For the High Wind Warning, southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph expected.

* WHERE… Locations in the warning include highway 395 near Summer Lake… highway 140 near Adel, and far southeast Lake County. Areas in the advisory include Klamath Falls, Bonanza, Lakeview, Paisley, and Fort Rock. 

* WHEN… For the High Wind Warning, until 5 PM PDT this afternoon. For the Wind Advisory, from 8 AM this morning to 11 PM PDT this evening. 

* IMPACTS… Damaging winds may blow down trees and power lines. Power outages may occur. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.

Wind Advisory issued October 19 at 2:33AM PDT until October 19 at 11:00PM PDT by NWS Medford

…WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM THIS MORNING TO 11 PM PDT THIS EVENING…

* WHAT… For the Wind Advisory, west winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph expected. 

* WHERE… Areas in the advisory include Klamath Falls, Bonanza, Lakeview, Paisley, and Fort Rock. 

* WHEN… For the Wind Advisory, from 8 AM this morning to 11 PM PDT this evening. 

* IMPACTS… Damaging winds may blow down trees and power lines. Power outages may occur. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.

Winter Weather Advisory issued October 18 at 2:18PM PDT until October 19 at 5:00PM PDT by NWS Medford

…Moderate snow over the High Cascades tonight and Saturday…

.A cold front will bring moderate snow accumulations to the higher elevations of the Cascades tonight and Saturday. The heaviest snow will be above major pass level, but highways around Crater Lake National Park will be affected by snow accumulations. Snow rates may exceed an inch an hour at times Saturday morning making for particularly hazardous travel.

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 5 PM PDT SATURDAY…

* WHAT… Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 9 inches with isolated totals up to 12 inches at higher elevations. 

* WHERE… South Central Oregon Cascades around Crater Lake National Park and mainly above 5500 feet. 

* WHEN… From 11 PM this evening to 5 PM PDT Saturday. 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS… Travel could be very difficult, especially on portions of highways 62 and 138 above 5500 feet. 

* View the hazard area in detail at https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/HAZARD

* Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.

* Carry tire chains and be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities.

* See https://www.tripcheck.com or http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov for latest road conditions.

* A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties.

Above: a look at the latest radar at time of this report

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