Winter storm watch issued, high winds and heavy rain return to the area

(KTVL/Randi Burns)

A frontal system has developed in the Gulf of Alaska and is making its way towards the Pacific Northwest. Areas in Northern Oregon and Washington are already experiencing the impacts with rain, snow and windy conditions.

This next system approaching our area looks like it will bring some winter weather along with it. Here is a look at the warnings, watches and advisories that will be in place for this next system.

A WINTER STORM WATCH in the dark blue will be in effect late tonight and will last through Wednesday evening. We can expect different accumulation totals for different areas. For the Siskiyous and the Cascades up to Crater Lake, we can expect snow accumulation to be 6-10 inches with localized amounts up to 14 inches. For Western Siskiyou County, accumulation is expected to be 10-16 inches with localized amounts up to 24 inches. Snow levels are expected to be 5500 feet for Wednesday. Once the front moves through and brings cooler air behind it to the area, snow levels are expected to drop even more for Thursday.

A WIND ADVISORY in the tan, for Jackson County, will be in effect 7 am Wednesday and will last until 4 pm Wednesday afternoon. Strong south winds are expected to be 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph possible.

A HIGH WIND WATCH in the gold will also be in effect late tonight and will last through Wednesday evening. Winds in these areas can expect winds 40 to 50 mph with gusts up to 70 mph possible.

Not only will we expecting snow in the higher elevations, but elsewhere, we can expect heavy rain for Southern Oregon and Northern California. Highest amounts of rain are expected along the coast. Parts of Siskiyou County will also have a good amount of accumulation, with some areas expecting over an inch of rain in Siskiyou County.

Rain amounts along the coast could exceed 2 inches in some areas near Brookings and Gold Beach.

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