Winter Storm Warning for Klamath, Lake, & Modoc Counties

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Snowfall Amounts through Christmas Eve. National Weather Service.

Light to moderate snow showers expected today and tonight in and just east of the Southern Oregon Cascades, then a strong low will bring periods moderate to locally heavy snow

Periods of moderate snow showers are expected today and tonight with snow levels around 4500 to 5000 feet.

A robust low pressure system on Monday will bring widespread moderate precipitation and will affect a larger portion of the forecast area. Snow levels will hover around 4500 to 5000 feet Monday, lowering to 4000 feet Monday evening.

This system will bring moderate to locally heavy snow Monday into Monday evening. Impacts may be significant due to increased traffic from holiday travel.

Winter Weather Hazards Map for December 23, 2018. https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/map/

Winter Storm Warning/Advisory - Klamath County

Including the cities of Beatty, Bly, Chemult, Crescent, Gilchrist and Sprague River

Heavy snow expected above 4500 feet. Above 4500 feet, total snow accumulations of 6 to 8 inches, with localized amounts up to 10 inches, are expected. In the advisory area, total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches, with localized amounts up to 8 inches, are expected.

LOCATION
Northern and Eastern Klamath County and Western Lake County. In the warning area, this includes the higher terrain of far eastern Klamath and far western Lake counties. In the advisory area, this includes the cities of Chemult, Crescent, Bly, Beatty, and Sprague River. This also includes Highways 97, 31, and 140.

WHEN
For the Winter Storm Warning, from 4 AM to 10 PM PST Monday.
For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 10 PM PST Monday, with the heaviest snow expected late Monday morning through afternoon.

Numerous showers will continue over the area today and tonight, then a robust low pressure system arrives on Monday, Christmas Eve, bringing moderate to locally heavy rain and snow. 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) . You can also visit their websites listed below.  Oregon road conditions:  Tripcheck.com   California road conditions:  Caltrans  NWS hazard viewer:  Here

Numerous showers will continue over the area today and tonight, then a robust low pressure system arrives on Monday, Christmas Eve, bringing moderate to locally heavy rain and snow. 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) . You can also visit their websites listed below.

Oregon road conditions: Tripcheck.com
California road conditions: Caltrans
NWS hazard viewer: Here


Winter Storm Warning/Advisory - Modoc County

Including the cities of Alturas, Canby, and Likely

Heavy snow expected above 4500 feet. Snow expected. Above 4500 feet, total snow accumulations of 8 to 10 inches, with localized amounts up to 14 inches, are expected. In the advisory area, total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches, with localized amounts up to 8 inches, are expected.

LOCATION
Modoc County. In the warning area, this includes Davis Creek, Willow Ranch, and Cedar Pass as well as Highways 395 north of Davis Creek, 299 in the Warners, and 139 between Adin and Canby. In the advisory area, this includes the cities of Alturas, Canby, and Likely as well as Highways 139, 299, and portions of 395 from Likely to Davis Creek.

WHEN
For the Winter Storm Warning, from 4 AM to 10 PM PST Monday.
For the Winter Weather Advisory, from 4 AM to 10 PM PST Monday.


Winter Storm Warning/Advisory - Lake County

Including the Cities of Adel, Lakeview, and Valley Falls

Heavy snow expected above 4500 feet. Snow expected. Above 4500 feet, total snow accumulations of 6 to 8 inches, with localized amounts up to 12 inches, are expected. In the advisory area, total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches, with localized amounts up to 8 inches, are expected.

LOCATION
Central and Eastern Lake County. In the warning area, this includes Highway 395 south of Lakeview and 140 east of Adel as well as the portion between 395 and Plush Cutoff. In the advisory area this includes the cities of Lakeview, Valley Falls, Adel, and Fort Rock. This also includes Highways 395, 140, and 31.

WHEN
For the Winter Storm Warning, from 4 AM to 10 PM PST Monday.
For the Winter Weather Advisory, from 4 AM to 10 PM PST Monday.


Additional Details
Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute on Monday. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. * View the hazard area in detail at https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/HAZARD

Precautionary / Preparedness Actions

  • Travel is strongly discouraged because of dangerous conditions.

  • If you must 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.