Low-elevation snow, storms likely into holiday week

One cold front is sliding over the Rogue Valley today and the next will be here for the weekend, prompting weather advisories warning of continued winter-like conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the Siskiyous and Cascades and a special weather statement for much of the rest of the region.

Today’s cold front will bring a few more light showers through this afternoon and evening, with snow levels dipping to between 2,000 and 2,500 feet, meteorologist Mike Petrucelli said.

The winter weather advisory remains in effect until 4 p.m. above 4,000 feet today and cautions 3 to 8 inches are expected at elevations above 4000 feet in the Cascades, with lower amounts of 2 to 5 inches forecast for the Siskiyous. Gusty winds also are expected, combining with snow to limit visibility.

Friday should see a slight break in the weather before the next storm works its way into the area. That storm will hit the coast by Friday afternoon, the forecast said.

On Saturday, low pressure offshore will bring moisture inland off the water, potentially delivering heavy precipitation across Southern Oregon and Northern California.

Snow levels will linger around 2,000 to 2,500 feet, the special weather statement said.

From Saturday morning through Sunday morning 6 to 10 inches of snow likely will fall in the Coast Range, the Cascades and Siskiyous, with the deepest snow — 12 to 24 inches — stacking up in the upper elevations in Siskiyou County. Mount Ashland also could get up to a foot of snow, Petrucelli said.

Along Interstate 5 over Siskiyou Summit and near Mount Shasta 4 to 8 inches are expected. Petrucelli said travelers also should keep an eye out for snow on Highway 199, over the Hayes Hill summit and near O’Brien.

Sunday’s weather will be cool and showery as weak storms continue to drop out of the north, Petrucelli said. Colder air will sweep in from Canada early next week, hitting hardest east of the Cascades and pushing temperatures into the teens or single digits in Klamath and Lake counties by Wednesday, he said.

— Anita Burke

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