Klamath Basin News -Major Snow Storm Arrives; Check Wx, Road Conditions Here

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Klamath Basin Weather

Today 
Winter Weather Advisory today  Snow expected during the day of 3-7 inches. High near 30. Southeast wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.  

Tonight 
Snow before 10pm, then snow showers, mainly after 10pm. Low around 25.  Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 more inches possible.

Wednesday 
Morning snow showers possible, high near 31 degrees.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Overnight, a slight chance of snow flurries, low of 16.

Thursday, Thanksgiving Day 
A 20 percent chance of morning snow showers, then partly sunny, with a high near 28.  Overnight low of 9 degrees.

Friday 
Mostly sunny, with a high near 26.

Saturday
A slight chance of snow after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.

Sunday
A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 36.

ROAD CONDITIONS:

Lake of the Woods Hiway 140
Greensprings Drive at Hiway 97
Doak Mountain looking east
Chemult, Oregon
LaPine, Oregon
Bly, Oregon
Medford at I-5 -Biddle Road & Crater Lake Parkway

Today’s Headlines

The Klamath County Public Health Air Advisory is Green until noon today.

If you have not heard, an intense storm is on its way to our area today. Officials are advising everyone not to travel today and the National Weather Service is saying you should not travel this afternoon until Wednesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service is referring to the storm as potentially historic with meteorologists calling it a bomb cyclone The Medford National Weather Service said white-out and blizzard conditions can be expected on Highways 97 and 140 especially near Lake of the Woods Highway 97 south of Dorris and Highway 140 East toward Lakeview. Strong, potentially damaging winds will also result in white-out conditions.

Snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. The Klamath County Sheriff’s office advises to please make certain you and your vehicle are prepared for the cold weather.

Keep drinking water, extra blankets, and additional non-perishable food in your vehicle when traveling in case you are delayed. Be aware of your surroundings while traveling and take note of milepost numbers as it can assist emergency services personnel in locating you if you have an emergency.

With predictions of high winds and snow in the next few days, Pacific Power reminds its customers and the public to take precautions to stay safe and comfortable.

Pacific Power is staging additional crews and equipment in preparation for the storm projected to impact Southern Oregon and Northern California mid-day today through Wednesday afternoon. Every home and business should have an Emergency Outage Kit that includes the following: Flashlight, Battery-operated radio and clock, Extra batteries, Non-perishable foods, Manual can opener, Bottled water and Blankets.

If a power outage occurs, Pacific Power encourages customers to first check their fuses and circuit breakers. If the power failure is not caused inside the home or business, customers should report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

Amanda Squibb, Executive Director for Friends of the Children Klamath Basin, has been appointed to the Educator Advancement Council as their Community-based Organization Representative Director.

Senate Bill 182 created the Educator Advancement Council, recognizing Oregon’s goal to achieve high quality, well-supported and culturally-responsive public educators in every classroom. The Council is building on Oregon’s prior investments to further support educators statewide including: Establishing a system of local educator networks that prioritize and enhance educators’ access to professional learning and supports, creating the Oregon Teacher Scholars Program to help achieve purposes of the Educator’s Equity Act.

Aligning early learning professional development efforts with K-12 and continuing partnership efforts to enhance efforts around workforce supply and demand.

Basin Transit Service will introduce the Shopping Express on Monday.

This route is intended to provide customers with a more direct route to major shopping areas in the community. The route will operate during peak times from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The new route will stop near major shopping areas in the Basin such as Downtown, Staples, Wal-Mart, Fred Meyer, Town Center, Coastal and the Town & Country Shopping Center

The bus will be making stops at current BTS stops as well as new Shopping Express bus stops. To help riders better identify the Shopping Express bus stops additional signage will be added.

The Shopping Express is made possible through a Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund grant that is intended to help expand and improve public transportation services throughout Oregon. Bus fares for the Shopping Express will be at the newly reduced fare rates, also made possible through STIF funding.

Around the state of Oregon

The rapid spread of a stomach virus through the Greater Albany School District has forced the closure of an elementary school. The school district in Linn County has been struggling to contain the spread of the virus which causes vomiting and diarrhea. The district worked to disinfect all its buildings over the weekend but decided to keep Periwinkle Elementary School closed yesterday after consulting with the Linn County Health Department. Students are urged to stay home for 48 hours after symptoms have passed and parents are being asked to enforce strict handwashing policies at home.

The Oregon State Police would like to thank the public for the assistance with information that lead to the arrest of the unlawfully taken buck deer near Sweet Home. The Oregon State Police received multiple tips from the public to identify the subjects involved in the unlawful taking.

On 11/24/2019, Troopers from the Albany office talked to Dallas Loewen-Beutel of Sweet Home, Oregon and Ryan Justice of Foster, Oregon. Subsequent to the investigation, Dallas was criminally cited for Aiding/Counseling in a Wildlife Offense and Waste of Game Mammal. Ryan was criminally cited for Take/Possession of Buck Deer and Waste of Game Mammal. The rifle used to kill the buck was seized as evidence.

Originally on November 17, 2019 at approximately 1:30 P.M. the Oregon State Police received a complaint regarding a buck deer shot unlawfully with a rifle and left to waste in the area of Swamp Mountain, this is approximately 10 miles east of Sweet Home.  

The witness observed two adult subjects in a newer, bright red, Chevrolet pickup (attached picture is similar) operating on commercial timber property when one subject shot the buck deer with a rifle from the cab of the pickup.  The vehicle left the area after learning the witness observed the illegal activity. 

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