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Avalanche closes highway near Crater Lake park

A small avalanche in Crater Lake National Park has closed a portion of Highway 62.

The communication center at the park reported that the slide of snow at about 9:30 a.m. blocked the highway between Highway 230 and Munson Valley Road. Munson Valley Road also was closed.

Blizzard conditions have enveloped the park, but crews expected to dig out the snow slide this morning.

A blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service in Medford for the Southern Oregon Cascades, including Crater Lake, and the Siskiyous predicts continued snow and winds in the mountains today. Between 4 and 10 inches is expected this morning, with another 3 to 6 inches this afternoon. Gusty winds could hit 60 mph at elevations above 5,000 feet.

Highway 138, West Diamond Lake Highway, has 12 inches of new snow along with trees down, but it is open, Oregon Department of Transportation reported.

Highway 138, East Diamond Lake Highway, got more than 2 feet of new snow overnight and has trees down and trucks stuck, which have periodically closed the road.

Between mileposts 3 and 14 the highway is "barely passable," an ODOT report said, noting that crews would be working in the area.

— Anita Burke