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Winter storm warning issued for Southern Oregon

The National Weather Service in Medford issued a winter storm warning today for parts of the region, saying that low-elevation snow and frigid temperatures are expected Sunday and Monday.

Snow levels are expected to start at about 1,500 feet early Sunday morning and lower to valley floors and beaches later in the day Sunday and early Monday.

Four to 8 inches of snow is expected above 2,000 feet in Jackson, Douglas, Curry and Josephine counties, with 1 to 3 inches below. A very cold air mass will move in Monday and persist Tuesday, bringing temperatures in the teens across the area. 

The snow is expected to begin early Sunday and increase in intensity Sunday afternoon and evening. Light to moderate showers will continue Sunday night through at least Monday morning, the Weather Service said.

A storm warning was issued for Prospect, Butte Falls and areas above Ashland and rural areas above 2,000 feet elevation in eastern Curry, Josephine and Jackson counties. A winter storm warning means that severe winter weather is imminent and poses a threat to life and property. Take protective action now.

A winter storm advisory was issued for the Rogue, Applegate and Illinois valleys, including the cities of Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass, Cave Junction and other surrounding communities.

All area roadways will become slippery and hazardous, especially mountain passes, including those on Interstate 5. Travel is strongly discouraged because of dangerous conditions, but the Weather Service advised people who plan to drive to carry tire chains, flashlights, batteries, blankets, food, water, medications and a fully charged phone.

Winter storm warning issued for Southern Oregon