First storm of the year brings in snow, heavy winds; what you need to know

Winter Storm Warning in effect beginning Saturday 7 AM

Ready for rain and snow?

After a quiet start to the new year, the first storm of 2019 is headed into the region this weekend.

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A low pressure system heading in from the south will bring in moderate to heavy rain + snow to northern California and Southern Oregon Saturday morning.

Another messy system Sunday will bring in another dose of widespread rain and snow.

Travel is strongly discouraged because of dangerous weather conditions. If you must take to the roads, however, keep warm clothing and blankets, chains for tires, fully charged electronics, food, water, and medications with you if traveling in the areas highlighted in the forecast.

(Details of warnings issued subject to change)

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for elevations 3000 ft. and higher in Siskiyou County that will go into effect Saturday Morning. Upsloping winds will help bring in between 6 - 10 inches of heavy, wet snow is expected in elevations between 3000' and 4000 ft., including Mount Shasta City.

The incoming system is expected to dump nearly a foot of blowing snow in elevations 4000 ft. and higher.

Higher passes including the Interstate 5 Siskiyou Summit and I-5 near Mt. Shasta City will have snow on the roadways, and travel will be greatly impacted.

Strong winds will also impact travel throughout the region.

High wind warnings are in effect for Jackson Co., the Shasta Valley, and areas east of the Cascades.

Southerly winds 25 to 40 mph with gusts to 50 mph are possible in some Jackson County areas, especially near Ashland where localized wind gusts are expected to reach 60 mph in the southern end of the valley.

In the Shasta Valley and east of the Cascades, localized gusts could reach 80 mph during the day on Saturday.

Watch out for debris and loose flying objects Saturday. Windy conditions continue into Sunday, but as of Friday afternoon, no further warnings have been issued.

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