NWS HIGH WIND WARNING: The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a High Wind Warning…which is in effect from 7 am Wednesday to 4 am PST Thursday. The high wind watch is no longer in effect.
* Winds…south 40 to 55 mph with gusts to 65 to 75 mph are possible.
* Timing…strong south winds are expected to develop Wednesday morning and continue into early Thursday morning.
NWS SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT: Another storm will bring the potential for strong winds and low elevation snow Wednesday through Thursday. Snow levels will start out at the valley floors Wednesday morning and then rise to 2500 feet or higher Wednesday afternoon as strong south winds develop.
Snow levels will fall again behind a cold front Wednesday night and may drop to the valley floors again by Thursday.
Very heavy snow is expected over the mountains and passes above 2500 feet Wednesday through Thursday. Snowfall accumulations are less certain in lower elevations…however precipitation may start as snow in the valleys Wednesday morning before changing to rain as strong winds mix cold air out of the valleys in the afternoon. Rain may change back to snow by Thursday.Details regarding amounts and locations of snowfall as well as the potential for strong winds will be worked out as this storm gets closer. Travel may be impacted by snow packed and icy roads and potentially windy conditions over portions of southwest Oregon Wednesday and Thursday. Stay tuned for updates as this storm gets closer.
NWS WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY:
A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from 4 PM this afternoon to 4 PM PST Tuesday. A Winter Storm Watch above 1500 feet remains in effect from 4 PM PST this afternoon through Tuesday afternoon.* Snow accumulations…1 to 3 inches above 500 feet. 3 to 6 inches possible above 1500 feet.
* Timing…rain will mix with snow Monday afternoon and then change to sn
ow Monday evening as snow levels drop sharply. Periods of snow will be possible through Tuesday afternoon.* Affected areas include: Powers…drain…Elkton…Rose
…Steamboat…Toketee Falls…Grants Pass…Cave Junction…Medford…Ashland.
* Impacts…hazardous driving conditions due to snow covered and icy roads will be possible over all area roadways including those in the valleys. Heavier accumulations may make hills and passes especially hazardous…including interstate 5 over Sexton Summit and Stage Road Pass…Highway 199 at Hayes Hill…and Highway 42 near Camas Mountain.
This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 and is filed under Local News, Weather Warnings.