A cold snap lingering in the Rogue Valley could bring up to 5 inches of new snow to Mount Ashland by Friday.
There is no predicted snow for the valley floor because of winds coming in from the west, meteorologists said late Tuesday. However, up to 3 inches were expected to fall at Lake of the Woods overnight, according to Sven Nelaimischkies, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Medford.
The cold front expected to bring snow in the hills by this morning will continue to dump rain and snow showers in the Rogue Valley well into Thursday. A break in the rain will leave a morning fog through the rest of the week, Nelaimischkies said.
The National Weather Service was calling for up to 3 inches of snow for areas around 2,200 feet in elevation west of the Cascades, with up to 5 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 overnight.
"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," said meteorologist Mike Ottenweller.
Weather officials predicted 2 to 3 inches of snow on the Siskiyou Summit and Highway 140. 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 that will produce heavier snow, but more details won't be available until later this week.
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