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Jackson County snow causes school closures, delays

Late winter snow has closed or delayed schools and government offices around the region.

Students in the Rogue River, Central Point, Eagle Point, and Grants Pass school districts have a snow day. Prospect and Butte Falls Charter School students will join them. The Medford School District is on a two-hour delay. Logos Charter School, St. Mary's, Sacred Heart and Rogue Valley Adventist Academy are, too. Buses for the Phoenix-Talent School District will run on snow routes, but the school will have a regular start time.

Josephine County Court is closed today. U.S. District Court in Medford is on a two-hour delay.

Tuesday snowfall tallied anywhere from about 3 to 9 inches for parts of Jackson County, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Connie Clarstrom. In 12 hours, 9 inches fell near Gold Hill, while about 8 fell just northeast of Applegate. Areas east of Jacksonville and Central Point both received about 4 inches, as did the Medford airport.

A winter weather advisory will be in effect for Jackson County from 4 p.m. today until 1 a.m. Thursday, with new snow accumulations of up to 3 inches possible. Most locations in the Rogue Valley will likely see less than an inch, however.

"Anywhere from a half inch to 3 inches, basically," said Clarstrom.

Pacific Power crews continue to work on restoring service to more than 21,000 Southwest Oregon residents, including more than 2,500 in Josephine County and more than 17,000 in Douglas County, still reeling from their snowstorm dose earlier this week. On Tuesday, more than 14,500 customers in Douglas County and the southern Willamette Valley had their power restored after it had been knocked out. After two days of closures, all Douglas County offices will open today, though most will be on two-hour delays.

Multiple state highways remain closed across much of Southwest Oregon, including parts of Oregon highways 138 and 38. U.S. Highway 101 remains closed near Brookings because of a partial roadway collapse. Oregon Highway 42 south reopened this morning between Coquille in Bandon, though traffic will be confined to a single lane controlled by flag crews, as there is still water on the roadway, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

"Interstate 5 is open and clear after a night of various chain restrictions on the summits," an ODOT news release reads. "City and county roads may have sloppy and slippery conditions from snow last night and this morning so budget more time for your travels. Slow down and drive to the conditions."

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

Griffin Creek Elementary students get off the bus on Woodside Dr. in Medford on Tuesday. Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune