Batten down the hatches and run your errands early: the first winter storm of the year is forecast to arrive in Curry County today (Nov. 17) and it’s packing a punch.
The worst case scenario could result in 13 inches of rain during the next four days, with the bulk of it falling Sunday evening through Tuesday.
The first of many storm fronts arriving today’s is forecast to bring wind gusts of 35 to 55 miles per hour and 1 to 3 inches of rain in a six hour period this afternoon. Snow levels will be well above major passes with the lowest being 5,500 feet.
“It’s the kind of storm you get this time of year,” Chuck Glaser, of the National Weather Service (NWS) in Medford, said Friday evening.
“We don’t expect any mainstream rivers to flood, but it’s more than (the coast has) been getting. It’s not something that doesn’t happen this time of year,” he added.
Saturday’s storm front will be followed by a bigger, wetter storm that will move in Sunday, with up to 10 inches possible Sunday night through Tuesday.
“The first system that goes through Saturday will have strong winds, but not anything strong enough to put out anything,” Glaser said. “But the one coming in late Sunday to Monday will be the stronger one. We’re definitely going to get some pretty strong winds, so just be prepared for a good storm.”
The second system will bring winds of 40 to 60 mph with gusts up to 75 miles per hour at the headlands, and high surf warnings that are expected to last into Tuesday. Flooding along creeks, streams and rivers is a possibility. Snows level will also drop to 4,000 feet late Saturday evening into early Sunday morning.
A weaker system is currently forecast for Thanksgiving, with rain likely on Thursday and Friday.