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Mountain snow coming before Thanksgiving

Another round of snow is in the forecast for the Siskiyou Mountains and Southern Oregon Cascades through Wednesday, the National Weather Service reported.

The agency issued a winter weather advisory from 4 p.m. Tuesday through 10 p.m. Wednesday for area, which includes Union Creek, Crater Lake, Howard Prairie, Highway 140 near Fish Lake and Lake of the Woods, highways 230 and 138 near Diamond Lake, and Highway 58 near Crescent Lake.

Periods of moderate snow are expected for areas 3,500 feet and above, National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Petrucelli said. Accumulations of four to nine inches are possible, with wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph expected.

“Difficult travel conditions are expected due to slippery road conditions and periods of reduced visibility due to blowing snow,” a Weather Service bulletin said.

Drivers are asked to travel at slower speeds and allow extra time to reach their destination. An emergency kit is recommended, with supplies such as blankets, water, nonperishable food, necessary medications, some sand or cat litter to aid with traction, a portable shovel, first-aid kit, flashlight and extra batteries. Check tripcheck.com or call 511 before leaving to get the latest weather updates.

Wintry conditions should start to taper off Wednesday, with some scattered rain Thanksgiving morning, mostly at higher elevations.

“It’s really going to be just a few leftover (showers) along the Cascades,” Petrucelli said.

Dry weather is expected to follow for the region and last through the weekend, forecasters said.

Recent winter weather has been a boon for the regional snowpack. On Tuesday, the snow-water equivalent, a measurement of the amount of water contained in the snowpack, was at 145% of the median amount for the Rogue and Umpqua basins, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Reach Mail Tribune web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com.