Heavy snow will impact the mountains tonight through Thursday. Snow levels will gradually rise from 3000 feet this evening to 7000 feet Saturday afternoon as a warm front moves through.
Avoid traveling on high mountain passes during this time if possible. If you must travel during this time (especially in the High Cascades), be sure to carry an emergency travel kit with you. This travel kit should include: blankets, food, water, fully charged cell phone, chains, and any necessary medications.
Be sure to check the latest road conditions before venturing out and stay up to date with the most recent forecasts. Links for this information are listed below: You can call 511 for Oregon road conditions and for California road conditions call 800-427-ROAD (7623)
WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM PST SATURDAY
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Medford OR
443 AM PST Fri Jan 26 2018
Heavy Snow Expected Friday Night into Saturday in the Oregon Cascades and possible in the mountains of western Siskiyou County
A very moist warm front will bring snow to the Oregon Cascades and Highway 97 corridor of northern Klamath County Friday night into Saturday. Snowfall may be very heavy along west-facing slopes and higher elevations such as the Crater Lake rim.
Additionally, heavy snow will be possible in the Marble Mountains of western Siskiyou County, including portions of Sawyers Bar Road.
Klamath Basin- Northern and Eastern Klamath County and Western Lake County- Including the cities of Chemult, Crescent, and Gilchrist 443 AM PST Fri Jan 26 2018.
- WHAT...Heavy snow is expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are possible.
- WHERE...Northern Klamath County, including the highway 97 corridor from just north of Chiloquin northward to the Klamath and Deschutes County line. Higher terrain in western Lake County is also likely to be affected.
- WHEN...10 PM to 10 AM Saturday. The heaviest snowfall rates will occur between 10 PM and 10 AM Saturday.
- ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Snow levels will rise from 3000 feet to 6000 feet during the warning period. Expect heavy, wet snow, especially as snow transitions to rain later Saturday morning.
- View the hazard area in detail at https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/HAZARD
- Travel is strongly discouraged for those who are unprepared.
- If do travel keep tire chains, a flashlight, blankets, food, water, medications, and a fully charged phone with you.
- The safest place during a winter storm is indoors.
- A Winter Storm Warning means that severe winter weather is likely and poses a threat to life and property. Take protective action now.