Major Storm Thursday through Saturday (Oct 13-15, 2016)

A significant, possibly historic rain and wind storm in Oregon is now forecast by the National Weather Service. Starting Thursday, two back-to-back storms will pass through the region.

In Ashland, 2.65 inches of rain are forecast Wed PM to Monday AM. Thursday we expect 1” of rain in 24 hours, with wind gusts Thursday Evening to 39 mph. Saturday 11AM-4PM, winds 38 mph gusting to 51 mph (forecast with medium confidence).

Conditions at the Oregon Coast could include near-hurricane force winds. The Weather Service says this has a potential (not definite) to be similar to the historic Columbus Day Storm of 1962. Snow is not expected except at the highest elevations, such as Crater Lake.

NWS Area Forecast Discussion

NWS Ashland point forecast

Ashland CERT’s in-progress basic training is scheduled to conclude Saturday. Preparations are being made to deal with the weather. Neighbors, when your forecaster feels the need to define “explosive cyclogenesys,” it’s time to batten down the hatches.

Please make preparations for a significant storm, and monitor developing weather forecasts as the storms approach.