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5 Things to do on Spring Break if you're not heading to Mexico

Southern Oregon families on spring break should expect most of the week to be drippy, according to the National Weather Service.

Scattered breaks will come throughout the week, and temperatures will stay mild, but it likely won’t creep into extreme cold, said Jay Stockton, meteorologist with the weather service.

“It’s one of those things where we’ll have enough different kinds of weather to keep everybody happy or sad at one time or another,” he said.

Tuesday will see a break in precipitation, but from Tuesday evening through Wednesday night, we’re likely to get wet.

Showers are expected to bring a half to a quarter inch of rain to the Rogue Valley through Tuesday, Stockton said. At higher elevations, including Mt. Ashland, that precipitation looked like a whiteout Monday.

Despite the weather, business owners at popular spring break destinations nearby say they don’t expect conditions to deter tourists eager to make the most of their week of freedom.

“Everyone always wants to be on the coast,” said Ashley Pruitt, manager at Superfly restaurant in Brookings. “Rain or shine.”

Even though Brookings could get as much as 3 inches of rain through Thursday, Pruitt said wet weather rarely fazes locals, and travelers from inland Southern Oregon are typically just as comfortable hoofing it in rain jackets.

“People always like to say, in Brookings, if you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute,” Pruitt said, describing how quickly conditions change on the coast.

With the Hooskanadan landslide reparation in progress 10 miles north of the coastal town on Highway 101, tourists are also able to approach from the north.

That’s important, Pruitt said, because combined spring break and summer traffic account for what she estimated to be 70 percent of annual sales.

For folks who have planned to seek out water recreation, Shasta Lake is a good option even in rainy conditions, said Matt Doyle, general manager of Shasta Caverns.

“I don’t think it’s going to be disastrous,” he said. “We’ll still get people out there.”

Visitors just might choose to spend their time in the Shasta area a bit differently than they would in a sunny spring break, he said.

“I know there’s this time of year when I’m usually taking my boat out, and yesterday, I went snowmobiling instead,” he said.

Shasta Caverns, which runs tours year-round, is an option unaffected by weather, Doyle said. Visitors can fish and seek shelter in a houseboat, if they rent one.

The only thing that shuts down lake activity entirely is lightning, he said, for safety reasons.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is also considering safety, ramping up DUII patrols for the week.

“Patrols will focus on rural areas and roads leading to destinations such as lakes, campgrounds and winter recreation areas,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release Monday.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Kaylee Tornay at ktornay@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4497. Follow her on Twitter @ka_tornay.

Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune Skiers brave white out conditions at Mt. Ashland on Monday.