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Ashland emergency shelter open

File photo | An emergency shelter opens Sunday through Wednesday at Pioneer Hall in Ashland due to forecast severe weather conditions.

Ashland City Manager Joe Lessard authorized the opening of an emergency shelter Sunday through Wednesday due to forecast severe weather conditions.

The shelter, located at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, will open each day at 5 p.m., close for the night at 9 p.m. with lights out at 10 p.m., and close for the day at 9 a.m., according to the city website.

“This will be a no frills shelter, please plan on providing your own bedding,” the news alert said.

The shelter observes COVID-19 safety protocols as set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Masks are required and available on site. Children and pets are welcome.

For questions, contact Linda Reid, Housing Program Specialist, at 541-552-2043 or Avram Sacks Community Volunteer at 541-220-7307.

According to the National Weather Service, a winter weather advisory takes effect from 10 p.m. Sunday to 10 a.m. Tuesday above 1,500 feet in Jackson County and central Douglas County, including Ashland and Glendale.

The NWS Medford forecast 1-3 inches of snow at 1,500 feet and 3-6 inches near 2,000 feet elevation and above. Expected travel impacts include slick, snow-covered roads, creating hazardous conditions over Presidents’ Day weekend, through the Tuesday morning commute.