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!
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.
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.
Quick Tips to Beat the Heat
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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.
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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.
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.
There is a risk of isolated thunderstorms today as increasingly unstable air moves over our area this afternoon. Clearing and sunshine ahead of the next approaching low pressure system will add to the afternoon instability according to the NWS.
It should be noted for anyone venturing into the mountains today, that snow levels have lowered and will be coming down further. Significant, wet snow will continue to fall on Mount Shasta today with the snow level currently near 7kft falling to around 5500 feet. The Mount Shasta Avalanche Center`s Old Ski Bowl station at 7600 feet has recorded 11 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, KMAX is reporting a temperature of 27 degrees Fahrenheit near the top of Mount Ashland, and the ski area webcams indicate some snow mixing in with rain at the base area. Additional accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are expected on Mount Ashland, 3 to 6 inches on Mount Shasta, and lesser north and east of Mount Ashland.
This cold and windy pattern is expected to continue through the weekend and into next week as a series of low pressure systems and fronts move through our local area.
Stormy Pattern With Rain and High Elevation Snow Expected To Return Wednesday
The high pressure system that has been responsible for our clear skies and warmer days is beginning to break down. A somewhat weak frontal system is expected to pass through Tuesday night (Tuesday should still be a warm day at partly cloudy and 62) into Wednesday followed by a stronger front later in the week around Friday into Saturday that will likely provide rain for the Klamath Falls area and high elevation snow.
From the NWS Medford:
You may be wondering if any of this precipitation will fall as snow in the mountains. Long answer short is…yes. The more nuanced answer is that snow levels will range from about 4000 feet to 6000 feet during the periods of precipitation. 5 to 10 inches of snow are expected in the Cascades, Siskiyous, and high terrain of Siskiyou County above 5000 feet Friday into Saturday.
We hope you enjoyed our taste of spring, we sure did! Hopefully it will return again soon. However, forecast models show an active weather pattern for the near future.
Weather Update 2-25-19 1:40pm – Snow Expected Soon High Winds Currently
We have been very busy with numerous weather related incidents locally today. A semi truck has blown over on Highway 140 East, and high winds have snapped several power poles in the Merrill area.
We have been in contact with the NWS in Medford reporting information to them, and they have recently updated us on the immediate forecast for Klamath Falls.
The stalled frontal boundary north of us is expected to be pushed south in a few hours. Late this afternoon we should see about 2-3 inches of snow in blowing conditions. According to the NWS, the visibility in our local area could be very low at times in blowing snow. Snow should arrive in Klamath Falls around 4pm according to a forecaster. We should see some snow into Tuesday morning and then it should change over to rain in the morning after around 10am.
At time of this post winds are gusting up to 42mph at the Klamath Falls airport. Higher gusts have been occurring in the Merrill area and other outlying areas as well.
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Above: A map showing roadway incidents as of 1:54pm 2-25-19.
High Wind Warning
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Medford OR
Issued by National Weather Service Eureka CA
131 PM PST Mon Feb 25 2019
Northeast Siskiyou and Northwest Modoc Counties-Modoc County-
Northern and Eastern Klamath County and Western Lake County-
Central and Eastern Lake County-
Including the cities of Dorris, Macdoel, Tulelake, Adin, Alturas,
Canby, Day, Likely, Lookout, Altamont, Klamath Falls,
131 PM PST Mon Feb 25 2019
...HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM PST THIS EVENING...
The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a High Wind
Warning...which is in effect until 10 PM PST this evening.
* Winds...South 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. Occasional
gusts to 70 mph.
* Timing...Winds will be peaking late this morning, then begin
to decrease later this afternoon.
* Locations include...Klamath Falls, Merrill, Tulelake, Lakeview,
Alturas, and surrounding area. This also includes highway 97
from Weed to Klamath Falls, highway 39 and 139 southeast of
Klamath Falls, portions of highway 140, highway 395 from
Lakeview south, and highway 299.
* Impacts...Driving may become extremely difficult, especially
for high profile vehicles. Loose items may be damaged or blown
* View the hazard area in detail at
A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected
or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts
of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. Travel will be
impacted, especially for high profile vehicles.
The atmospheric river is now over parts of Oregon but a stalled frontal boundary is keeping the bulk of the precipitation north of Klamath Falls.
Above: infrared imagery taken at time of this posting shows Klamath Falls just south of the storm.
We have had several reports of snow falling so fast that it is difficult to see while driving along areas of Highway 97 in the higher elevations north of town. Highway 58 is also currently reported as getting heavy amounts of snow. West of the Cascades large amounts of rain are falling.
The NWS expects the stalled front to get a push south Monday afternoon around 4pm. This means we may see a few hours of snow around that time as the front moves through the local area. Some snow is also possible Tuesday afternoon as the front is expected to retreat back northward.
Expected snowfall amounts have recently been revised for the Klamath Falls area and it no longer looks like we will see the 4-6 inches that were advertised earlier with this storm. According to a weather forecaster in Medford, Klamath Falls may possibly see 1-2 inches of snow Monday afternoon starting somewhere around 4pm if the front pushes south as they expect.
As always we will update with more information as it becomes available.
According to the NWS Medford, an Atmospheric River event is possible for our area and region beginning Saturday night. The details of this event are still uncertain but depending on the timing of the mix of cold air and moisture we could see either a significant amount of snow, rain, or a combination of both. Flooding of small streams and rivers is a possibility and we will be watching all of this close as the NWS updates us.
We will have more information about this developing weather story tomorrow as the details get worked out and we get closer to the timing of the event.
A significant amount of moisture is expected to move into the area later this weekend and last into at least early next week as two fronts impact the area while moisture streams up from tropical origins. Snow levels will be higher overall, but heavy snow is expected for the Cascades, Siskiyous, and higher elevations in western Siskiyou County. Meanwhile, heavy rain is expected along the coast, coastal mountains and lower elevations in western Siskiyou County.
Above: Forecast 72 Hour precipitation early Sunday morning through early Wednesday morning. This is subject to change and is a current estimate. The above map is a precipitation estimate and doesn’t depict areas of rain and snow.
Above: A forecast tool indicating a plume of moisture (Atmospheric River) that is expected to setup and transport moisture from the Hawaii area to Oregon and Northern California.
Right now plan on the possibility of a significant amount of precipitation in the mountains and possible flooding and travel disruptions in our region.
Additional weather warnings, watches, and alerts may be issued.
Winter Storm Watch issued February 21 at 2:29PM PST until February 25 at 10:00AM PST by NWS Medford
.A storm with a significant amount of moisture could bring moderate to heavy mountain snow to the Cascades, mountains in Western Siskiyou County, and portions of the East Side Saturday night into at least Monday morning.
…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING…
* WHAT… Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 12 to 18 inches with local amounts up to 24 inches. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph in exposed areas.
* WHERE… Highway 97 and 31, including the cities of Chemult and Crescent.
* WHEN… From Saturday evening through Monday morning.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS… Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Visibilities could be reduced by blowing snow in more exposed areas where winds are gusty.
* 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.
National Weather Service Medford, OR
225 PM PST Thu Feb 21 2019
...Flood Potential Outlook for quick river rises, main stem river
flooding, and the potential for snow melt flooding on rivers and
streams in the following counties in California...Modoc...Siskiyou
and in Oregon...Coos...Curry...Douglas...Jackson...Josephine...Klamath...Lake...
.At atmospheric river will bring a good chance for periods of heavy
precipitation over Coos, Curry, and Western Siskiyou Counties Sunday
through Tuesday and possibly longer. A front will likely stall over
the forecast area late this weekend with waves of heavier precipitation
moving through. The front will push through the area by early or the
middle of next week. 4 to 8 inches of rainfall are possible at the coast.
Confidence is low on how much rainfall and timing of heaviest rainfall, but
recent data have increased the chance for significant river rises and
flooding enough to warrant this outlook.
Farther east, there is higher uncertainty in terms of flooding potential.
It`s unknown how far inland the heaviest precipitation will extend and for
how long. However, periods of heavy precipitation are possible here as well,
and given how much snowpack is in the mountains, an extended period of heavy
rain on snow would result in flooding of small creeks and streams as well
as significant rises on main stem rivers.
A flood potential outlook is issued when there is the potential for
significant rises or flooding along rivers and streams.
The exact scenario for flooding remains uncertain. This product will
be updated as necessary. Watches and warnings may be issued by the
National Weather Service if this situation worsens.
According to the latest weather information, two cold fronts are expected between now and Saturday morning. Currently a front is approaching our area and it has been snowing in the higher elevations around Klamath Falls over the past few hours in some areas.
A second front is expected to move through on Friday evening. Current forecast data is also showing another snow storm possible for Saturday evening into Sunday morning. We are keeping on eye on this and will update as it gets closer. The Saturday storm has more potential for travel impacts.
The current snowfall forecasts for Klamath Falls for now until Saturday morning are represented in the graphics below. The storms between now and Saturday morning are not expected to bring as much snow as our most recent storm yesterday.
Winter Weather Advisory issued February 14 at 2:03PM PST until February 15 at 10:00AM PST by NWS Medford
…Snow levels will fall this afternoon with more snow expected into Friday morning and again Friday night into Saturday morning…
Two cold systems will affect the area through Saturday. The first front arrives later this afternoon and evening, and snow levels will drop sharply with snow affecting many areas including low elevation areas down to around 1500 feet. Another low will arrive late Friday and bring snow to the area through Saturday morning at least. Snow levels will again be low, around 1500 feet.
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST FRIDAY…
* WHAT… Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 3 inches expected. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph will cause very low visibility at times.
* WHERE… Central and Eastern Lake County to include Lakeview, Valley Falls and portions of Highways 31 and 140.
* WHEN… From 4 PM this afternoon to 10 AM PST Friday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS… Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.
* 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 for latest road conditions.
* A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties.
Strong Winter Storm Expected Tuesday Afternoon Into Wednesday
A new storm is expected to bring Klamath Falls about 4-6 inches of new snow Tuesday afternoon or evening into Wednesday. This storm is also expected to dump heavy rain on areas in our region below 2,500 feet. High winds are expected with this snow storm so limited visibility and occasional white out conditions are possible. Heavy snow with the wind could topple trees and cause power outages in some areas. Wind gusts could approach 50mph in some higher mountain areas such as Lake of the Woods and Crater Lake. Gusts around 35mph are expected for our local Klamath Falls area.
We have been following this with the NWS and the forecast models have varied the snow amounts quite a bit. Initially the snow amounts were expected to be much higher. Keep in mind that the forecast snow amounts could still be refined up or down as we get closer to the timing of the storm arrival. Please use caution if you plan to travel Tuesday or Wednesday.
More Snow Possible Friday
It looks like an additional snow storm may arrive Friday as well. We will update with more information on the Friday storm as it gets closer. The timing and details with this storm are still uncertain.
Weather Outlook: We have another strong storm on the way in for Tuesday. Monday will be a transition day back over to an active storm pattern. A strong storm will move through our area on Tuesday and will give us some gusty winds and lots of rain. According to the current model runs we could see around 0.30 inches to a half inch of rain here in the Klamath Falls area Tuesday into Wednesday. Snow levels around 7,000 feet for this storm. More storms are lined up behind this one as well.
Above graphic from NWS Medford
From the NWS Medford:
A strong frontal system will move through the area Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening. Heavy rain and strong winds are expected at the coast, along with dangerous high surf conditions. Inland, expect widespread moderate to heavy rain, with gusty winds in the Shasta Valley and across the East Side. Passes should remain clear, with snow levels generally remaining above 6000 feet, but wet roads and gusty winds could result in hazardous driving conditions. Use extra caution, slow down, and take extra time when driving. If going to the coast, keep off of jetties, logs, and rocks, and stay away from the dangerous surf zone.