Winter weather has arrived in the form of snow in the Cascades and Siskiyou mountains and more is expected to fall over the next two days.
A few inches of snow has already blanketed the higher elevations and a foot or more is predicted to fall by Sunday evening, according to the National Weather Service. Mt. Ashland Ski Area's webcam showed a few inches of snow blanketing the ground at midday today.
The NWS report calls for additional accumulations of 1 to 2 inches of snow in the mountains today, with another 8 to 13 inches Saturday night through Sunday afternoon. Localized amounts could total as much as 16 inches.
In the Siskiyou Mountains, temperatures are expected to fall to the mid-20s by 5 p.m. today and winds are predicted to increase to 20 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Snowfall on Sunday could be heavy at times.
Saturday may start off foggy in the valley, followed by sun breaks and scattered clouds. Rain is predicted for Sunday, followed by the return of the sun on Monday. No snow is forecast for the valley floor.