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NWS Adds Localized Winter Weather Advisory to Current Winter Storm Warning for Region

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Snow down low in southwest Oregon has now become a distinct possibility. The National Weather Service has added a localized Winter Weather Advisory to the existing Winter Storm Warning.

The Winter Storm Warning above 2,000 feet remains in effect while the Winter Weather Advisory runs from 10 o'clock tonight through 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Heavy snow and blowing snow is expected above 2,000 feet in Josephine, Jackson, eastern Douglas and eastern Curry counties. Total accumulations of up to 12 inches is expected, with up to 24 inches possible over the highest terrain. Winds could gust up to 50 miles per hour.

For the Winter Weather Advisory, snow is expected with accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and possibly up to 5 inches on or near the valley floor. The most likely time for this to occur will be tonight into Wednesday evening. Snow accumulations in the valleys will be tricky and much will depend on the intensity of precipitation.

Affected roadways include portions of Interstate 5 from Ashland to Rogue River and between Grants Pass and Roseburg, Hayes Hill Summit, Jacksonville Hill, and highways 62, 140, 227, 234, 238 and 46 east of Cave Junction.

Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.

Travel is strongly discouraged because of dangerous driving conditions. If you must travel, keep tire chains, a flashlight, blankets, food, water, medications and a fully-charged phone with you.
Posted on 1/9/24 6:12AM by Sam Marsh