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Shady Cove power outage prompts Friday school closure

A power outage that affected more than 2,600 Pacific Power customers in northeast Jackson County has also caused Shady Cove School for the day, school district officials said.

Originally, 2,687 outages were reported at 6:16 a.m. Friday, according to Pacific Power's website.

Since then, the number has reportedly dropped to 140 customers affected, according to company spokesman Drew Hanson. Officials now estimate full restoration to those customers at about 11 a.m. The rest of Eagle Point School District 9 schools will operate on a normal schedule, district human resources director Allen Barber said in a release.

A tree that fell into a line caused the outage, Hanson said, likely caused by the heavy rain and snow that has been falling across Jackson County for much of the week. Snow and ice have prompted the Oregon Department of Transportation to issue chain-up requirements on all Interstate 5 mountain passes in Southwest Oregon, and on U.S. Highway 199 in the Illinois Valley, the agency reported.

Drivers are asked to expect delays and slow down.

Additional rounds of rain and snow are expected into Saturday for the region, according to the National Weather Service. The agency expressed high confidence in snowfall at 2,500 feet in elevation and above, with a possibility of snow reaching down below 1,500 feet in elevation. Six to eight inches of new snow are expected to fall on Diamond Lake, Crater Lake and Lake of the Woods by Saturday afternoon, with four to six inches forecast for the Siskiyou Summit, and three to four inches for the Sexton Summit and Canyon Mountain Pass.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4468.