Winter Weather Alert: A significant winter storm continues to brew for our area Tuesday into Wednesday. The latest forecast data is pointing to a “Cyclone Bomb” type storm which is essentially a powerful winter storm with high winds and snow. Snow amounts are trending upward for southern Oregon and Northern California. 


So what is a “Bomb Cyclone”? The video below explains it really well.

The official term is Bombogenesis or bombing cyclone. It sounds really bad, but it’s just basically a strong winter storm with wind and snow. It happens when a cold and warm air mass collide along with conditions to support a rapidly developing and intensifying low pressure system.


The current forecasted snow amounts for Klamath Falls have trended up with 6-8 inches now possible Tuesday into Wednesday for the local area.


A winter storm watch is now in place for a large area from Southern Oregon into Northern California. (Winter storm areas outlined in blue).

Winter Storm Watch issued November 24 at 3:03AM PST until November 27 at 10:00AM PST by NWS Medford

…Significant snowfall potential for very busy travel period Tuesday into Tuesday Night…

.Low pressure is expected to strengthen as it approaches the California Coast Tuesday. There are still a range of possibilities as to how much the low will strengthen and the exact track, but the general consensus is for the bulk of the snow to fall late Tuesday morning through Tuesday night, then gradually decrease late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The largest travel impacts are expected in northern California, but impacts could extend into portions of southern Oregon as well, especially for mountain passes and other elevations above 2500 ft.


* WHAT… Heavy snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

* WHERE… Klamath Basin and Northern and Eastern Klamath County and Western Lake County, including Klamath Falls, Sprague River, Bly, Chiloquin, Chemult, and significant portions of Highways 97 and 140.

* WHEN… Tuesday morning through Wednesday morning. The heaviest snow is possible from Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS… Travel could be very difficult. Plan on snow covered and slippery road conditions, low visibilities, and heavy snow.

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

* Stock emergency kit with tire chains, flashlight, batteries, blankets, food, water, and medications.

* The safest place during a winter storm is indoors.

* Plan now to avoid traveling during the storm.

* A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow accumulations that may create dangerous travel.

Klamath Alerts continues to monitor this developing situation and will post additional updates as new information becomes available. Our subscription news service on Mighty Networks is an excellent source for storm coverage, road conditions, and travel information along with breaking news updates. Consider becoming a subscriber today.