Multiple Systems to bring extended period of steady snow accumulations
UPDATE - 12/22/18, 9:52 AM
Beginning late this afternoon into this evening, another system will bring more precipitation to the area with snow levels around 4500 feet. Another system will follow Sunday and a stronger system on Monday.
Snow levels will hover around 4500 feet during this time period, resulting in an extended period of relatively steady snow accumulations. Impacts could be more significant due to increased traffic from holiday travel.
ORIGINAL ALERT - 12/21/18, 9:05 PM
By late Saturday afternoon, another system will bring more precipitation to the area with snow levels around 4500 feet. Another system will follow Sunday and again on Monday. Snow levels will hover around 4500 feet during this time period, resulting in an extended period of relatively steady snow accumulations. Impacts could be more significant due to increased traffic from holiday travel.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 4:00 PM Saturday to 10:00 PM Monday in locations above 4,500’. A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties.
Total snow accumulations of 16 to 24 inches, with localized amounts up to 28 inches, are expected.
Travel will be very difficult to impossible, including during the evening commute on Monday. Tree branches could fall due to gusty winds in exposed areas Saturday evening. Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times due to blowing snow Saturday night into Sunday.
Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination. Carry tire changes and be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities. See tripcheck.com for the latest road conditions.
Winter Weather Advisory
South Central Oregon Cascades and Siskiyou Mountains and Southern Oregon Cascades, including Diamond Lake, Crater Lake and Lake of the Woods. This includes Highways 138, 140, 230, 62.
From 4 PM Saturday to 10 PM PST Monday. Expect steady snow accumulation during this time with brief periods of quick accumulations.
Two fronts will move through the area before Christmas, producing potentially troublesome travel conditions. Rain chances will begin Saturday afternoon as the first front moves onshore.
Heavy rain is possible, especially along Highway 101 at the coast, but roads will be wet and possibly slippery across the area. Showers will continue through Sunday, then the next front arrives on Monday, Christmas Eve, bringing even more moderate to heavy rain.
Snow levels throughout the event will remain between 4000 and 5000 feet, with accumulating snow possible on most area passes, including Siskiyou Summit, the Cascade passes, and Black Butte Summit and Snowmans Summit near Mount Shasta.
Be prepared for winter travel over the mountains and the East Side. Allow extra time to reach your destination, and keep winter travel kits with you. Keep up-to-date with road conditions by calling 511 for Oregon, or for California road conditions, call 800-427-ROAD (7623).