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Mostly to partly cloudy this morning with a scattered showers. Showers will increase this afternoon. Snow levels near 4000 feet this morning, rising to near 5000 feet this afternoon. Snow levels could be as low as 4000 feet this afternoon in heavier showers. A slight chance for thunderstorms at the Coast, in the Cascades, and the Siskiyous. A chance for thunderstorms east of the Cascades this afternoon and evening. Storms could produce gusty winds and small hail or snow pellets. Highs today will be in the upper 50s to near 60 in the valleys, and 30s to the low 50s for the mountains and east of the Cascades. Overnight lows will be in the low 40s for the valleys, and in the 20s and 30s for the mountains and east of the Cascades.
Mt. Ashland secures low interest bail out loan. Announces that expansion plans will not be moving forward. Scroll down below to see the full story.
WEATHER SUMMARY DISCUSSION:
Everything is right as it was expected to be this morning. A cold front did push in last night and the result has been exactly what we thought would occur. About a quarter to half an inch of rain in the valleys with 2 - 4 inches of snow in the Cascades, and a trace to about 2 inches for the Siskiyous. Snow levels dropped to around 4000 feet and then held there. Some light snow accumulations have also been seen east of the Cascades, including in Klamath Falls, but these have generally been an inch or less. Snow on the roads and icy spots are being reported, and it has been weeks now since we have seen that. Snow levels will rise to around 5000 feet this afternoon. Look for improvement with the roads by this afternoon, but it looks as though we could see slick roads redevelop in the mountains tonight around 9 to 10 o'clock or so. We will see scattered light showers this morning, but as the day goes on look for them to increase in both frequency and intensity. In the mountains, snow levels may lower to around 4000 feet at times in heavier showers. There is a slight chance for thunderstorms today at the Coast, in the Cascades, and the Siskiyous. There is a better chance for thunder east of the Cascades this afternoon and evening. If storms form, expect that they could have gusty winds and small hail. Heavier showers today may also be likely to produce graupel or snow pellets. These can accumulate and ground whitening events from them would be possible.
Wednesday will be active as a warm front will cross the area. This will raise snow levels back above 6000 feet. It will also bring in the next round of showers to the area. It is also possible we may see periods of rain as well, especially at the coast and in the mountains. A cold front kicks through on Thursday and this will bring steady state rains in for all areas. Snow levels will drop on Thursday evening to around 5000 feet. This could lead to impacts for travel on the passes through the Cascades on Thursday night into Friday morning. I have been saying we will see a wet and cold system arrive for the weekend. The timing of that has been bouncing all over the place from run to run of the data. Yesterday the timing said Sunday, today we are back to Saturday. Regardless, this system will come in this weekend. When it does arrive there will be rain for the valleys and accumulating snow for the mountains with impacts on travel and outdoor recreation.
Still no change in the longer range forecasts. Expect showers to be in the forecasts all the way through next week and through the first weekend of May. But, the even longer term forecasts from NOAA indicate that we will be turning hot and dry in May. The other two major long range forecast centers, The Weather Channel, and Accuweather, do not share that assessment. But, after their miserable performance this winter, (especially Accuweather which had the complete opposite of what they forecast happen), I am a little more reluctant to go with their call. The trending has been more in line with NOAA and for now I will stay with that.
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IN THE NEWS:
Many had wondered if the fact that Mt. Ashland did not open this season would be the end of the ski area. That will not be the case. It was announced that Mt. Ashland has secured a Small Business Administration low cost loan. In addition to this, Mt. Ashland has filed paperwork to see if they can get any federal disaster funds being awarded to businesses and operations like farms that have been impacted by the drought.
Mt. Ashland also revealed that they would not be seeking any further expansion plans other than to complete the additional parking spaces up on the mountain. That work was actually under way last summer and fall. The Mail Tribune has more details on the loan and where the expansion plans stand as of now. Here is a link to that story.....http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20140325%2FNEWS%2F403250304
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