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Weather Outlook: Cold front to bring cleaner air and colder temperatures

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Above: A NWS forecast graphic showing expected precipitation Tuesday morning.

A cold front that is approaching our area is expected to bring areas of rain west of Klamath Falls. However, it will increase mixing and clear out the air stagnation problems we have had in the region over the past few weeks. The front could being very light and small amounts of rain to Klamath Falls but nothing significant is expected.

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Minor amounts of snow are expected. Snow levels start around 4800 feet Tuesday and rise to around 5,800 feet over the Cascades later in the day. High temperatures should be noticeably cooler after the front passes through with only 48 degrees expected for a high Tuesday. High 40’s to mid 50’s expected the rest of the week.

 

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Weather Outlook: Clear Skies & Mild Days In Persistent Pattern

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A persistent high pressure system will provide “more of the same” weather as we have been seeing for the past couple of days. According to the NWS Medford the pattern that has setup in our local region usually holds for long periods of time. As it is right now, there is no estimate of when it will change. In the meantime we can expect mid 60’s each day with passing clouds and lows mostly in the 30’s.

The main concern with this mild November weather will be air stagnation. As inversions setup, the air at lower elevations is unable to mix out smoke and pollution. It’s possible we could have lowering air quality in the coming days.

 

 

Weather Update: Very Cold Conditions Expected Tonight

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October 29th, 2019 – The NWS in Medford is forecasting a low temperature for Klamath Falls of just 8 degrees overnight. Some areas in Klamath County could be at or below zero by morning. The NWS reminds everyone to bring pets inside or provide shelter for them in the colder areas.

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Above: Wednesday morning lows projected by the NWS Medford. 

Unusually dry conditions will allow temperatures to drop tonight. Colder areas of Klamath and Lake Counties such as Chemult and Christmas Valley could be at zero or slightly below by morning.

A slow warming trend is expected to begin with a return to 60’s for highs for the local area toward the weekend and next week.

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

Weather Outlook: Series Of Fronts Expected Beginning Today

 

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A series of fronts will move through our region beginning today. The front this afternoon will mark a transition to a much cooler and wetter pattern with high temperatures around 10 to as much as 20 degrees below normal for this time of year.

As today’s front moves into our local region dry gusty winds are expected to develop prompting this red flag warning issued a short time ago for dangerous fire weather conditions.

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Rain is also expected later today into the evening with roughly 0.25 inches or less expected in our local area.

More fronts will follow Thursday into Friday, but will be weaker in terms of winds and precipitation. Moderate mid-level westerly flow will favor precipitation along the coast, the Cascades and other north-south oriented terrain during this time. Snow levels will hover around 5000-6000 feet during this time, and we are expecting around 2-6 inches of snow in the Cascades from late Wednesday night through Friday night , with up to 8 inches possible for the highest peaks. Travel impacts should be minimal and restricted to the passes north of Highway 140.

 

NWS Issues Red Flag Warning

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Klamath Basin and the Fremont-Winema National Forest-
South Central Oregon Desert including the BLM Land in Eastern Lake
and Western Harney Counties-
913 AM PDT Wed Oct 16 2019

…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM PDT THIS EVENING FOR
STRONG GUSTY WIND WITH LOW RH FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 624 AND 625…

The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a Red Flag
Warning…which is in effect until 7 PM PDT this evening.

* Impacts: Strong, gusty wind with low relative humidity and high fire
danger will likely contribute to a significant spread of new and
existing fires.

* Affected area: Mainly the higher terrain of southern Fire
Weather Zone 625 and southeastern Fire Weather Zone 624,
including the Hart and Warner Mountains.

* Wind: Southwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

* Humidity: As low as 12 percent.

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

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Strong winds and low relative humidities will cause fires to
spread very rapidly.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are
either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong
winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create
extreme fire growth potential.

Weather Outlook: Gusty Winds Expected Sunday. Periods Of Rain Next Week

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A rather strong for this time of year low pressure system is expected to arrive late Sunday night. This storm is expected to bring gusty winds of 30-40mph late Sunday morning into the evening. Then periods of rain are expected to develop overnight Sunday into early next week. Highs of only mid 50’s are expected for Klamath Falls on Monday followed by mid 30’s overnight.

From the NWS Medford:

Much cooler and wetter weather is on the way later this weekend. More fall-like conditions return Sunday and continue through much of next week as a series of fronts move through the area. Temperatures will be about 15-20 degrees below normal Monday through Wednesday with periods of rain expected Sunday into Tuesday. Today or Saturday would be a good time to get those outdoor chores done!

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Additional weather briefings and storm coverage are available in our breaking news app. 

Weather Outlook: Heat Wave And Thunderstorms Possible

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Weather Outlook Posted 8-26-19. Heat expected Tuesday and Wednesday with thunderstorms possible Wednesday.

Some of the hottest conditions this summer are going to occur this week. Moisture from the remnants of tropical storm Ivo will make its way up from the south on Wednesday, providing enough ingredients for thunderstorms. Some of these storms could be strong, with gusty winds and hail possible.

  • Near-record high temperatures are expected on Tuesday with lower temperatures on Wednesday but still well above normal.

  • Thunderstorms are possible on Wednesday.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

  • Beat the heat, check the backseat. Never leave people or pets in vehicles.

  • Take plenty of rest breaks in the shade or with air conditioning.

  • Drink water before, during, and after activities.

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Quick Tips to Beat the Heat

Tips from Pacific Power to stay cool, use less energy and save money

MEDFORD, Ore. —With a heat wave rolling into southern Oregon this week, Pacific Power offers tips on how to beat the heat, use less energy and save money.

  • Get some fresh air. Open your windows during the early morning and evening, and use fans to circulate the fresh air.
  • Keep clear of the sun. Close blinds and drapes during the warmest parts of the day. Keeping the sunlight out of your home will keep it cooler.
  • Be AC savvy. Set your air conditioner to 78 degrees when you’re home, and 85 when you’re away. Running your AC at temperatures lower than 78 degrees can increase your electricity bill by up to 8 percent. Also, keep inside air vents clear from furniture and other objects.
  • Reduce indoor heat. Push the use of heat-producing appliances such as ovens, dishwashers and clothes dryers to cooler parts of the day. Grilling outside and air-drying clothes are great alternatives.
  • Be safe. With sweltering temperatures, you need to protect yourself. Drink plenty of water and stay out of the sun as much as possible. Don’t forget your pets; they need water and shelter as well. Also check on any neighbors who may have limited contact with others and may need a fan or other assistance.
  • Lastly, unplug. Make a conscious effort to unplug items not in use. Even if they’re not on, they’re drawing energy. For more wattsmart energy and money-saving tips visit pacificpower.net

 

Weather Alert: Significant Thunderstorm Activity Expected Friday & Saturday

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Friday should be the peak day for activity but storms expected on Saturday as well. Some storms could become strong or severe.

A low pressure system is expected to create conditions that encourage thunderstorm development Friday and Saturday. The most active day should be Friday. Some storms could become severe as conditions will support organized storm development.

Significant lightning is expected during this time period raising concerns about possible new fire starts.

A significant cool down is also expected with highs barely reaching the 70’s on Saturday here locally.

A warmup and return to “normal” weather for this time of year is expected after the weekend.

Isolated thunderstorms are possible this afternoon as well, but the majority of the activity is expected over the weekend.

Fire weather warnings have been or will be posted in the region.

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Friday severe weather risk outlook: Yellow shows slight risk of severe storms, dark green marginal risk of severe storms, light green indicates areas expected to develop non severe thunderstorms.

As always…. additional weather briefings and storm coverage is available in our breaking news app. 

Fire Weather Watch issued August 07 at 9:29PM PDT until August 09 at 11:00PM PDT by NWS Medford

…Increasing Fire Weather Risk Thursday and Friday…

.Another period of gusty winds and low relative humidity will develop Thursday afternoon and evening in the Fremont National Forest in south-central Oregon as well as the Klamath and Modoc National Forest in northeast California. Isolated thunderstorms will develop Thursday afternoon and evening in northern Klamath and Lake Counties, and also from the Warner Mountains eastward. Then, low pressure will move up from the south on Friday and could bring frequent lightning on dry fuels late Friday morning into Friday evening. Thunderstorms are expected to produce little or no rainfall to start, then the chance for wetting rain will increase Friday evening. Showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue Friday night into Saturday as the system moves onshore.

…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM TO 9 PM PDT THURSDAY FOR STRONG WINDS AND LOW RH FOR FIRE ZONE 284 IN CALIFORNIA AND 624 IN OREGON…

…FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING FOR ABUNDANT LIGHTNING ON DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 284 IN CALIFORNIA AND 624 IN OREGON…

The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a Red Flag Warning for strong winds and low relative humidity, which is in effect from 2 PM to 9 PM PDT Thursday for fire weather zones 284 in California and 624 in Oregon. The Fire Weather Watch for abundant lightning on dry fuels for Friday morning through Friday evening for fire weather zones 284 and 624 remains in effect. 

* Impacts: Strong, gusty wind with low relative humidity and high fire danger will likely contribute to a significant spread of any new and existing fires Thursday afternoon and evening. On Friday, abundant lightning on dry fuels may produce numerous new starts that pose a threat to life and property, and may overwhelm initial attack capabilities. However, wetting rainfall may occur under cores of thunderstorms. 

* Affected area in the Red Flag Warning for strong winds and low relative humidity: In Northern CA… The Klamath National Forest in northeast portions of fire zone 284. In South Central OR… The Fremont National Forest in south-central portion of fire zone 624. 

* Affected area in the Fire Weather Watch: In Northern CA… the western part of Fire Zone 284 west of highway 97. In South Central OR… Fire Zone 624 mainly north and west of Kalamth Falls. 

* Thunderstorms: Beginning late Friday morning, increasing in coverage through the afternoon and evening. Lightning coverage could increase to scattered as the day progresses. 

* Winds Friday afternoon and evening: Generally south to southwest at 10 to 20 mph, but gusty and erratic winds are possible in the vicinity of showers and thunderstorms. Precautionary/preparedness actions…

* A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions will occur shortly. 

* A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible Red Flag Warnings. &&

Weather Outlook: Dangerous Fire Conditions This Afternoon

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A Red Flag Warning Has Been Issued For Our Area Today. Dangerous fire conditions will exist this afternoon with breezy winds and low humidity.

Hot, dry, and breezy conditions are expected across southern Oregon and northern California. Take precautions to not start new wildfires, as they can spread rapidly today. Remember, one less spark means one less wildfire.

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Above: Pink areas are under Red Flag Warning Today 2pm to 8pm

Red Flag Warning issued August 01 at 5:19AM PDT until August 01 at 8:00PM PDT by NWS Medford

…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 8 PM PDT THIS EVENING FOR STRONG GUSTY WIND WITH LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONE 624…

The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a Red Flag Warning… which is in effect from 2 PM this afternoon to 8 PM PDT this evening.

* Impacts: Strong, gusty wind with low relative humidity and high fire danger will likely contribute to a significant spread of any new and existing fires.

* Affected area: In South Central OR… Southeastern Fire Weather Zone 624 in Southeastern Klamath County and Southwestern Lake County.

* Wind: Southwest 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

* Humidity: 10 to 15 percent.

* Haines Index: 5 to 6 (Moderate to High). Precautionary/preparedness actions…

* A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions will occur shortly.

* Strong wind and low relative humidity could cause any existing or new fires to spread rapidly.

* One less spark, one less wildfire.

 

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