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Medford declares severe weather event Monday

With potential snow falling overnight, the city of Medford declared a severe weather event, which authorizes a local nonprofit to operate an emergency warming shelter on city-owned property.

Access will operate a warming shelter starting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, through 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, at the Navigation Center, 685 Market St., Medford.

The nonprofit is asking for volunteers who can work four-hour shifts handing out meals, water and blankets. For questions or to sign up, email volunteer@accesshelps.org.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Monday into Tuesday morning. The forecast calls for rain and snow showers Monday through Tuesday morning.

Rain is expected to turn into snow between Monday afternoon and Tuesday night as a high of 43 degrees Monday is expected to drop to 27 degrees overnight, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Roughly an inch of snow is expected in Medford overnight.

Although the city announced no future shelter dates Monday, the forecast shows that more freezing temperatures later this week.

The city opens severe weather event shelters when temperatures fall below 32 degrees, combined with factors such as wind or precipitation.

Medford’s Tuesday night forecast calls for a low of 14 degrees, Wednesday has a forecast of 18 degrees and Thursday’s low is expected to be 21.

The city has a text notification system so homeless people can be alerted when a severe weather shelter has opened. To be notified by text, send “MED4SHELTERS” to 888777.

The city asks anyone interested in providing their space as a city-approved severe weather shelter or temporary shelter facility to contact Deputy Fire Marshal Tanner Farrington at 541-774-2300.