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Blizzard conditions reported on freeway south of Ashland

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The Oregon Department of Transportation is urging motorists to be ready for severe winter driving conditions on Southern Oregon passes, including “blizzard conditions” near the California border.

Motorists on Interstate 5 south of Ashland will need to equip chains and should expect delays of between 20 minutes and two hours at the Siskiyou Summit, according to an ODOT release describing “blizzard conditions” shortly before noon.

Southbound drivers should expect similar harsh conditions such as reduced visibility and temporary road closures in northern California through about Redding, California.

North of Grants Pass on the I-5 Sexton Summit, an ODOT severe weather hazard warns drivers of heavy snowfall and slushy road conditions. Motorists are advised to carry chains on the pass.

On Highway 238 at Jacksonville Hill, between mile markers 28 and 33, ODOT road crews report snow flurries and black ice as of a weather hazard advisory last updated at 9:37 a.m.

At lower elevations, snow on the valley floor largely shifted to a mix of rain and snow by 11 a.m Wednesday. At higher elevations and on I-5 passes, National Weather Service meteorologists expect the snow to linger.

Across Southern Oregon, snow flurries are expected last at upper elevations through 8 a.m. Thursday, according to the weather advisory.

Drivers should be prepared for severe winter driving throughout the day. Those who must travel should factor extra driving time and expect delays.

For the latest weather forecasts and road conditions, see TripCheck.com.