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Heavy snow expected in hills, rain in valley

Some heavy snow is expected at higher elevations around the region Wednesday, with rain and moderate wind expected in the valley.

A front is expected to move into the area from the southwest Wednesday morning, according to a news release from the National Weather Service. A winter storm warning issued Tuesday afternoon will be in effect through 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Snow levels are expected to start at about 4,000 feet and rise to 7,000 feet Wednesday, so many spots that see snow early could see rain later.

Areas above 5,000 feet in the Cascades could see up to two feet of snow. Lake of the Woods could see up to a foot of new by Wednesday afternoon, while the Siskiyou Summit could see up to 8 inches.

"Very heavy snowfall may make area roads and highways impassable," the advisory said. "Near whiteout conditions are possible at times, due to falling and blowing snow."

About 1.5 inches of rain is forecast to fall on Medford between Tuesday night and Thursday afternoon. Ashland could see close to 2 inches, Grants Pass could see more than 2 inches, and Cave Junction could see more than 3 inches.

The chance for flooding on area rivers is low, with a slightly higher chance for smaller streams, Weather Service officials said.

Wind gusts up to 26 mph are expected in Ashland Wednesday and Thursday, while gusts up to 21 mph could hit Medford and Grants Pass.

— Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.