It's beginning to look a lot like Winter!

It's beginning to look a lot like Winter!
Photo of snow scenery in January, by YouNews Photographer Jujubean

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Wind, rain, maybe even snow!

That's the word from the National Weather Service Monday morning.

After strong winds blew through Douglas County, officials are saying it's not over yet.

The NOAA has issued a winter weather advisory, as well as a winter storm watch that goes into effect at 4:00 p.m. Monday.

Camas Valley Charter School is closed Monday morning, and officials with Douglas Electric say the power might not be restored in that area until later today.

Pacific Power is experiencing widespread power outages throughout Oregon. The cause of the outages are due to high winds, which caused numerous down lines and trees in lines. The counties most impacted by these outages are Clatsop, Coos, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Linn and Polk. Approximately 5,743 customers are without power.

Pacific Power says crews and additional contract crews worked through the night restoring power and will continue today. 

Here is the latest update from Douglas Electric:

With approximately 1,600 member still without power from last evening's storm, here is a geographic summary and current status:

Camas Valley residents should be prepared for an extended outage. It could be late afternoon or later before crews are able to repair the damage.

Other areas looking at restoration late afternoon are Upper Smith River, Doerner Road and Flournoy Valley Road.

Tyee, San Souci and surrounding areas could have their power restored later this morning.

Other pocket areas throughout Douglas County, including the coast, are also being addressed.

Residents should make preparations for potential future outage situations with the advent of further storms coming through Douglas County. Members are encouraged to call 541-673-6616 for further details.

 

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Winter Weather Advisory

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD OR
309 AM PST MON DEC 17 2012

.A STRONG WINTER STORM WILL BRING HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS TO
PORTIONS OF THE AREA THIS MORNING. SOME AREAS...ESPECIALLY THE
CASCADES AROUND CRATER LAKE AND DIAMOND LAKE...WILL EXPERIENCE
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS. SNOW INTENSITY WILL DECREASE THIS AFTERNOON
BUT SNOW LEVELS WILL FALL SHARPLY WITH SNOW ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE
AT LOWER ELEVATIONS TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY.

ORZ021>026-171800-
/O.CON.KMFR.WW.Y.0038.121218T0000Z-121219T0000Z/
/O.CON.KMFR.WS.A.0015.121218T0000Z-121219T0000Z/
SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON COAST-CURRY COUNTY COAST-
CENTRAL DOUGLAS COUNTY-EASTERN CURRY COUNTY AND JOSEPHINE COUNTY-
EASTERN DOUGLAS COUNTY FOOTHILLS-JACKSON COUNTY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...DRAIN...ELKTON...ROSEBURG...SUTHERLIN...
GREEN...MYRTLE CREEK...CANYONVILLE...GLENDALE...GRANTS PASS...
CAVE JUNCTION...STEAMBOAT...TOKETEE FALLS...MEDFORD...ASHLAND
309 AM PST MON DEC 17 2012

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 4 PM PST TUESDAY...
...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS AFTERNOON
THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON ABOVE 1500 FEET...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 4 PM PST TUESDAY. A WINTER STORM WATCH ABOVE
1500 FEET REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY
AFTERNOON.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...1 TO 3 INCHES ABOVE 500 FEET. 3 TO 6 INCHES
  POSSIBLE ABOVE 1500 FEET.

* TIMING...RAIN WILL MIX WITH SNOW MONDAY AFTERNOON AND THEN
  CHANGE TO SNOW MONDAY EVENING AS SNOW LEVELS DROP SHARPLY.
  PERIODS OF SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

* AFFECTED AREAS INCLUDE: POWERS...DRAIN...ELKTON...ROSEBURG...
  SUTHERLIN...GREEN...MYRTLE CREEK...CANYONVILLE...GLENDALE...
  STEAMBOAT...TOKETEE FALLS...GRANTS PASS...CAVE JUNCTION...
  MEDFORD...ASHLAND.

* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO SNOW COVERED AND
  ICY ROADS WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER ALL AREA ROADWAYS INCLUDING
  THOSE IN THE VALLEYS. HEAVIER ACCUMULATIONS MAY MAKE HILLS AND
  PASSES ESPECIALLY HAZARDOUS...INCLUDING INTERSTATE 5 OVER SEXTON
  SUMMIT AND STAGE ROAD PASS...HIGHWAY 199 AT HAYES HILL...AND
  HIGHWAY 42 NEAR CAMAS MOUNTAIN.

* FOR A DETAILED VIEW OF THE HAZARD AREA...VISIT
  HTTP://WWW.WRH.NOAA.GOV/WRH/WHV/?WFO=MFR

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.


Winter Storm Watch

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD OR 309 AM PST MON DEC 17 2012 .A STRONG WINTER STORM WILL BRING HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS TO PORTIONS OF THE AREA THIS MORNING.

SOME AREAS...ESPECIALLY THE CASCADES AROUND CRATER LAKE AND DIAMOND LAKE...WILL EXPERIENCE BLIZZARD CONDITIONS. SNOW INTENSITY WILL DECREASE THIS AFTERNOON BUT SNOW LEVELS WILL FALL SHARPLY WITH SNOW ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE AT LOWER ELEVATIONS TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY. 

SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON COAST-CURRY COUNTY COAST- CENTRAL DOUGLAS COUNTY-EASTERN CURRY COUNTY AND JOSEPHINE COUNTY- EASTERN DOUGLAS COUNTY FOOTHILLS-JACKSON COUNTY- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...DRAIN...ELKTON...ROSEBURG...SUTHERLIN... GREEN...MYRTLE CREEK...CANYONVILLE...GLENDALE...GRANTS PASS... CAVE JUNCTION...STEAMBOAT...TOKETEE FALLS...MEDFORD...ASHLAND 309 AM PST MON DEC 17 2012 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 PM PST TUESDAY...

WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON ABOVE 1500 FEET... A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 PM PST TUESDAY. A WINTER STORM WATCH ABOVE 1500 FEET REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...1 TO 3 INCHES ABOVE 500 FEET. 3 TO 6 INCHES POSSIBLE ABOVE 1500 FEET. * TIMING...RAIN WILL MIX WITH SNOW MONDAY AFTERNOON AND THEN CHANGE TO SNOW MONDAY EVENING AS SNOW LEVELS DROP SHARPLY. PERIODS OF SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON. * AFFECTED AREAS INCLUDE: POWERS...DRAIN...ELKTON...ROSEBURG... SUTHERLIN...GREEN...MYRTLE CREEK...CANYONVILLE...GLENDALE... STEAMBOAT...TOKETEE FALLS...GRANTS PASS...CAVE JUNCTION... MEDFORD...ASHLAND. *

IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO SNOW COVERED AND ICY ROADS WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER ALL AREA ROADWAYS INCLUDING THOSE IN THE VALLEYS. HEAVIER ACCUMULATIONS MAY MAKE HILLS AND PASSES ESPECIALLY HAZARDOUS...INCLUDING INTERSTATE 5 OVER SEXTON SUMMIT AND STAGE ROAD PASS...HIGHWAY 199 AT HAYES HILL...AND HIGHWAY 42 NEAR CAMAS MOUNTAIN.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING. A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.