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Snow expected on mountain passes Tuesday night

Snow could fall as low as 1,500 feet Tuesday night and early Wednesday, with a chance for some accumulation on Interstate 5 passes north and south of Medford, according to a National Weather Service bulletin.

A cold system is expected to push through the area, dropping snow levels from 3,000 feet.

“Precipitation is expected to be showery, so sustained heavy precipitation rates are unlikely,” the Weather Service said. “But there can be periods of heavy precipitation that could bring the snow level down to 1,500 feet by Wednesday morning. This could result in some light accumulations at Camas Mountain, Hayes Hill and Jacksonville Hill.”

Up to a foot of new snow could fall at Crater Lake and Diamond Lake between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 4 p.m. Wednesday, with up to eight inches at Lake of the Woods, six inches at Mount Ashland and up to four inches at the Siskiyou Summit. Sexton Mountain could see up to three inches.

Up to a quarter inch of rain could fall on Medford during the same period, with up to an inch in Grants Pass and Cave Junction and up to a half inch in Ashland. Some wet snow could also drift down to the valley floor, though accumulation is not expected because of warmer ground temperatures.

A winter weather advisory is in effect through 4 p.m. Wednesday for all of Jackson County. Drivers should be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibility.

The wet weather is expected to start tapering off Wednesday afternoon, with some clearing by Wednesday night before a drier Thursday.

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