Next Week’s Forecast: Region Braces for Intense Winter Storms – Travel Disruptions Feared

A significant weather pattern is set to unfold across our region in the coming week, bringing a series of robust winter storms and plummeting temperatures. This weather system, driven by frigid air, is anticipated to influence various areas within our vicinity, particularly the Cascades, with the possibility of disruptive travel conditions.

Forecasters have issued winter storm warnings, and in some instances, blizzard warnings for specific zones in the Cascades. With the exception of intermittent breaks, continuous snowfall is projected for the entirety of the upcoming week. Multiple storm fronts and disturbances are poised to traverse the region, contributing to prolonged snowfall and potentially challenging conditions for travel.

Klamath Falls residents can expect a brief respite with a warm front moving in on Monday, causing snow levels to rise to approximately 5,000 feet. However, this reprieve will be short-lived as colder air returns by Tuesday, coinciding with the arrival of another powerful winter storm. Current projections suggest a local snow accumulation of 4-6 inches from Tuesday through Wednesday. Further snowfall is anticipated throughout the week, possibly accumulating up to a foot from Monday to Saturday. Lingering cold temperatures may impede road clearing efforts, prolonging hazardous driving conditions.

The Cascades, in particular, are poised to experience heavy snowfall and blizzard-like conditions. Snow rates of up to 2 inches per hour are anticipated, accompanied by blowing snow that could significantly impact visibility. Blizzard warnings have been issued, notably for Willamette Pass on Highway 58, where an accumulation of 1-4 feet of new snow coupled with high winds is expected on Tuesday and Thursday. This situation may lead to road closures and mandatory chain requirements for vehicles. Travel disruptions are highly probable, especially due to the potential for powdery snow to be whipped around, causing near-zero visibility in certain areas. Tuesday and Wednesday are predicted to be the most challenging days for travel across the mountains.

The impending storm is foreseen to affect travel routes from Northern California to Washington State, potentially causing significant disruptions. While subsequent winter weather is anticipated throughout the week, the severity of these storms is expected to be relatively lesser compared to the Tuesday-Wednesday system.