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  • Snow possible by Wednesday

  • The hills surrounding the Rogue Valley could receive light snow tonight into Wednesday morning.
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  • The hills surrounding the Rogue Valley could receive light snow tonight into Wednesday morning.
    The National Weather Service is calling for up to three inches of snow for areas around 2,200 feet in elevation west of the Cascades, with up to five inches of snow for most of the range. That precipitation most likely means rain for the Rogue Valley, up to a quarter of an inch for Medford tonight.
    "Some of those showers could put a dusting on the hillsides," said NWS meteorologist Mike Ottenweller. "It's not atypical for this time of year, but I guess it's unique in that we haven't had low snow levels for almost a month now."
    Weather officials said this will mean snow on the Siskiyou Summit and Highway 140, anywhere from two to three inches. There will also be moderate winds with 20 mph gusts.
    "The amount of snow that falls should be confined to a fairly short period of time," Ottenweller said.
    Another storm system will move through the area on Sunday, though details are scant at this time. Weather officials believe it will produce much heavier snow, but a predicted inch count is not yet available. More details will be available later this week.
    "Details are still quite rough at this time," Ottenweller said. "We just want to make sure people are staying aware."
    Check www.tripcheck.com for up-to-date road conditions.
    — Ryan Pfeil
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