November 14, 2017 11:50 a.m.
Heavy snow is expected Wednesday for higher elevations in southern Oregon and that’s leading to a Winter Storm Watch being posted.
A Winter Weather Message from the National Weather Service says a strong frontal system is expected in the Southern and South Central Oregon Cascades, and the Siskiyou Mountains. Crater Lake is under the Winter Storm Watch as well. Heavy snow down to the 5,500 foot level is forecast, though the exact amounts that may fall are uncertain.
Drivers should plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute on Wednesday. Significant reductions in visibility are possible. Tree branches could fall as well. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches of snow are expected, with some areas getting up to 14 inches of snow. Snowfall rates could be briefly high as the front passes through Wednesday afternoon with up to 4 inches of snow in an hour possible.
The Winter Storm Watch is in place from Wednesday morning through Wednesday evening above 5,500 feet.
The Winter Weather Message says travel in those areas affected should be avoided.