FORECAST FOR 11/22/2014
Showers, or periods of rain and mountain snow with breezy to gusty winds through this afternoon. Winds will be highest east of the Cascades with gusts to 55 miles an hour possible. Snow levels near 5000 feet this morning, lowering to near 4000 feet by this evening. 6 - 12 inches of snow likely for the Cascades above 5000 feet with 4 - 8 inches of snow likely for the Siskiyous above 5000 feet. There is a chance for thunderstorms at the coast. Storms that form will bring gusty winds and bursts of heavy rain. Highs will be in the low 50s for the valleys, and in the 40s for the mountains and east of the Cascades. Overnight lows will be in the mid 30s for the valleys, and in the 20s to near 30 for the mountains and east of the Cascades.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH 10 PM TONIGHT FOR THE SOUTHERN OREGON CASCADES AND SISKIYOU MOUNTAINS ABOVE 5000 FEET
The National Weather Service office in Medford, Oregon has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the above areas due to the expected development of snow which could be occasionally heavy at times. 6 - 12 inches of snow is expected for the Cascades, and 4 - 8 inches of snow for the Siskiyous. There will be lighter amounts of snow accumulating down to 4000 feet. Expect 1 - 4 inches of snow for the Cascades, and up to 2 inches are possible for the Siskiyous down to 4000 feet. Expect snow and ice to accumulate on the highways through the Cascades with packed snow and ice on the roads.
Locations in the advisory area include.....Diamond Lake, Crater Lake National Park, Lake of the Woods, and Mt. Ashland Ski Area.
WEATHER SUMMARY DISCUSSION:
The storm hit as expected yesterday. Most areas saw heavy rainfalls as expected, but the Rogue Valley was not one of those locations. Amounts here were lighter than expected with generally around .40 to .60 of an inch. But elsewhere, some very heavy rains were seen. Red Mound RAWS east of Brookings had 5 inches, but an observer living in Brookings had 6.5 inches in 24 hours at his house. The big surprise was the amount of rain that was seen east of the Cascades. Many locations went well over an inch. In Klamath Falls amounts were generally around a half inch. These were very healthy rainfall totals and badly needed over there. Wind was also a big factor. It took until last night for the strongest winds to hit. We did see gusts reported as high as 80 miles an hour at the Coast, and up to 70 miles an hour east of the Cascades. There were power outages as result in some areas. Trees also did fall and created hazards for drivers, especially at the coast.
For today things are already calming down in terms of wind. The strongest winds are east of the Cascades with gusts to 55 miles an hour still being seen there. Breezy to gusty conditions are being seen elsewhere. Expect the winds to die off by this afternoon. Snow is now going to be a major player for the rest of today and into tonight. It was known that snow levels in the mountains would fall behind the main frontal band and there would be accumulating snow. The big question was how much and the timing. We have that this morning. Snow levels will be around 5000 feet to start things off today. It looks like 6 - 12 inches of snow will fall in the Cascades with 4 - 8 inches for the Siskiyous. That caused a Winter Weather Advisory to be issued through 10 pm tonight. Snow levels will drop to around 4000 feet this evening. This is going to lead to accumulating snows down to 4000 feet, but accumulations will be lighter. 1 - 4 inches for the Cascades, and a trace to 2 inches for the Siskiyous. This obviously will cause issues for travelers through the passes. Expect packed snow and icy conditions in the Cascades, with a possibility of chain requirements for vehicles over 10,000 pounds gvw, or towing. As for the Siskiyou Summit on I 5 there is still uncertainty. We might see snow fall thgere and icy roads develop, but it is not looking to be a major issue at this time.
When we reach Sunday there will be improvement that will last through Thanksgiving Day. A ridge will build in on Sunday, and then it will strengthen further for Tuesday through Thanksgiving. We will have morning low clouds and fog for the valleys west of the Cascades. That should come as no surprise as we are in the fog season. I am not anticipating problems for those flying out of Medford at this point, but that could change. Travel ahead of Thanksgiving for those driving should be largely problem free. The data is pointing to a system coming in for Black Friday and it looks like we will see a resumption of stormy weather. This will have impacts likely for those traveling back home after Thanksgiving. The timing and strength of these systems is still being worked out, but it looks to be a safe bet that some rain and mountain snow will be arriving to wrap up November and kick off December.
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Crater Lake National Park has announced a proposal to increase its $10 entrance fee by 150 percent to account for inflation and provide revenue the park says is needed for maintenance projects.
Entrance fees per vehicle, which allows occupants into the park for seven days, would increase to $25. Individual fees would increase from $5 to $12 and motorcycle passes would be raised substantially, from $5 to $20. Interagency passes would remain unchanged at $80 general. $10 for a senior pass, and stay free for military purchasers.
Park officials are asking for public input through late December.The new fees, which would put Crater Lake comparable on fee structure to other national parks of its size. If the proposed fee structures are adopted, they could be implemented by early 2015, though the schedule could vary based on public feedback according to park officials. National Park officials said the increase is to stay consistent with inflation, as entrance fees have not changed since 1997, when seven-day passes doubled, from $5 to $10. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index shows $10 in 1997 is equivalent to about $14.79 in 2014.
They say the extra revenue is needed for repair and maintenance of park facilities, building restoration, additional park programs, transportation services and increased resource protection. Some improvement projects already in the works include reconstruction of the Cleetwood Cove bulkhead and dock facility, expansion of the Cleetwood parking area, repaving of the Mazama Campground, construction of a trail at Plaikni Falls, and the production of an orientation video for the park. The park is looking at these projects as necessary repairs and upgrades, but at the same time is dealing with budgetary cuts that would not provide adequate funding for these projects without the raising of fees as proposed.
Proposed Fee Increase
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