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Snow prompts Rogue Valley closures

Today's big white flakes have taken their toll on Southern Oregon businesses, recreation and school schedules.

The snowstorm hitting Southern Oregon as far north as Roseburg and down to the California border closed the Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport's main runway as of 2 p.m., according to a release issued by Jackson County Airport Authority. The airport itself, however, will remain open.

The airport's website shows that afternoon and evening flights scheduled to arrive from San Francisco, Portland and Santa Barbara and Seattle have been canceled or diverted, and evening flights to Seattle, Portland and San Francisco have been canceled.

Extreme weather closed Mt. Ashland Ski Area on Monday morning after the Oregon Department of Transportation closed the ski road. The ski area has usual off days on Tuesdays and Wednesday and officials expect to reopen Thursday.

The ski area advises travelers not to attempt to visit the mountain until they reopen, as anywhere between 31 and 57 inches of snowfall are predicted over the next two days. Any back country travelers should stay below the area served by the Windsor chairlift because of "extreme avalanche conditions" forming on the upper mountain.

In Medford, snow and ice conditions closed a section of East McAndrews Road between Hillcrest Road and Tamarack Drive, and a Parks and Recreation Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday was rescheduled for March 12.

From 4:30 to 6:40 p.m., ODOT closed Highway 238 over Jacksonville Hill so crews could remove multiple vehicles on the roadway thatwere stalled or disabled because of slick conditions. The state agency advises drivers throughout the region to expect delays, slow down and leave extra braking and following distance.

An evening with Holocaust survivor Marthe Cohn has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ashland Hills Hotel Grand Ballroom, 2525 Ashland St., Ashland.

Ashland Blues Society's monthly jam in Medford was canceled Tuesday because the snow prompted Grape Street Bar and Grill in downtown Medford to close for the evening, according blues society president Linda Huffman.

Earlier Tuesday, the snowfall closed schools early and canceled the following after-school activities:

Ashland School District

All after-school athletics and activities have been canceled throughout the district, according to a Facebook post from the district. Bus drivers will stick to normal routes, but may run behind schedule because drivers "will be taking extra precautions."

Central Point School District

Secondary schools throughout the district closed as of 1:30 p.m., but Hanby and Patrick Elementary students will close at their regularly scheduled times. School buses may be delayed, and will follow snow routes.

Eagle Point School District 9

Eagle Point School District buses will run one hour earlier than usual because of snow, leading to dismissals at the following times:

  • Eagle Point High School dismissed Shady Cove area students at 1 p.m.
  • Lake Creek Learning Center was dismissed at 1:15
  • Shady Cove School closed at 1:30 p.m.

Logos Public Charter School

The charter school will close at 2:30 p.m. today, according to executive director Sheryl Zimmerer.

Medford School District

Medford schools dismissed on schedule. Except for YMCA after-school programs for elementary students, the school district canceled all after-school activities, events and sports throughout the district.

Phoenix-Talent School District

After-school activities throughout the district have been canceled, according to Superintendent Brent Barry. Buses will use snow routes.

St. Mary's School

The private school dismissed classes for all grades at 2 p.m. and all afternoon and evening school activities have been canceled.