The latest round of wet weather dropped as much as 2 feet of snow in the mountains Tuesday, caused an avalanche on Highway 62 that closed Crater Lake National Park, triggered a landslide near Galice and poured more than an inch of rain on the valley floor.
And — stop us if you've heard this one before — more is forecast.
"We're going to have showers through the day on Wednesday, then behind that, we're going to get a break into Thursday and Friday," National Weather Service meteorologist Connie Clarstrom said. "It's probably too soon to tell whether we have a total break on the weekend."
Snow is still in the forecast higher up. A winter storm warning is in effect until 10 a.m. Wednesday for areas above 3,000 feet, with more than a foot of new snow expected. As much as 2 feet of new snow could fall in areas above 5,000 feet.
By Tuesday morning, anywhere from 16 to 24 inches of snow had fallen across the Siskiyou Mountains over a 24-hour period, with about 2 feet of new snow at the Siskiyou Summit and 16 inches at Mount Ashland, Clarstrom said. From 8 to 10 inches fell on the southern Cascades.
An avalanche closed Highway 62 from Union Creek to Crater Lake National Park's western boundary. The park will be closed until at least Wednesday because of the incident, according to a park news release. A layer of snow about 18 inches deep and 100 feet wide slid onto the road between Munson Valley Road and the Pacific Crest trailhead, according to Jennifer Evans, park public information officer. Numerous trees fell along the highway stretch. No injuries were reported.
A culvert that overflowed caused flooding at Shady Cove School, according to Jackson County Fire District 4, but classes were still held there on Tuesday.
The Jackson County Parks Department closed the Rogue Elk Park day-use area and boat ramp near Trail Tuesday because of heavy snow and downed trees.
In Josephine County, mudslides occurred Tuesday morning near Galice, just east of Morrison's Lodge, according to a release issued by the county. A power line was damaged in the slide, and crews were working to clear a detour. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reported the slides measured about 100 and 50 cubic yards in size.
The Courier also reported that part of a hillside above Farmer's Market and Herb's restaurant gave way, damaging at least one home. The Pacific Veterinary Clinic and three other homes were evacuated because of the slide, which occurred on Poplar Drive off of Fruitdale Drive, the Courier said.
The Tuesday rainfall wreaked havoc on Jackson County roads. Standing water was reported on Table Rock Road near the intersections with Elmhurst Street and East Gregory Road, on Highway 238 east of Jacksonville, and across parts of Grants Pass.
More than 4,000 Pacific Power customers remained without power in the Rogue River and Grants Pass area Tuesday afternoon, according to the company's website. It was not known when repairs would be completed.
Flooding was expected on the Rogue River near Agness Wednesday, according to Northwest River Forecast Center data. The waters near Gold Ray Dam were forecast to peak at just over 10 feet Wednesday, which is 2 feet below flood stage. At Eagle Point, they were expected to rise to almost 9 feet, about 1 foot below flood stage.
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