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Snow expected at Crater Lake, on Mount Ashland

A mass of cold air expected to hit Southern Oregon this weekend could drop up to 10 inches of snow at Crater Lake National Park and a few inches on Mount Ashland.

The National Weather Service predicts a wet, windy storm system will blow into the region Friday from the Pacific. Forecasters expect strong winds and heavy rain Friday afternoon into Saturday for parts of the region — especially over the Oregon Coast and across areas east of the Cascades. Winds in those areas are expected to reach speeds of 45 mph, with 60 mph gusts.

Colder air is also expected to drop snow levels below Rogue Valley passes Saturday, bringing an expected 6 to 10 inches at Crater Lake, with up to 8 inches at Diamond Lake and a few inches on Interstate 5's Siskiyou Summit south of Ashland.

Mount Ashland is expected to see about 3 inches, with most of the snowfall expected to occur on Saturday, forecasters said. It'll be a welcome mat for those celebrating Mt. Ashland Ski Area's First Snows Mountain Blessing event, which kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, on the mountain.

For the Rogue Valley floor, the forecast is somewhat tempered, typical during heavier winter storms that affect the coastal areas and areas east of the Cascades more directly.

"We're not going to see the winds that most areas would see," said NWS meteorologist Ryan Sandler. "It'll be breezy, but it's not going to be a strong wind.

"By the end of the weekend, there'll probably be a lot of leaves to pick up. That's probably the biggest impact for the valley."

Some rain is predicted in Jackson County, with about half an inch expected to fall Friday afternoon into Saturday morning. Temperatures are expected to reach a high of about 50 degrees Friday, with overnight lows dipping to the mid- to upper-30s over the weekend.

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

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