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Foot of snow possible in Cascades this weekend

Up to a foot of snow is possible for Crater Lake and Diamond Lake this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow is expected throughout the Southern Cascades between Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.

Lake of the Woods, which is scheduled to play host to a large-kite festival this weekend, could see up to six inches, the Weather Service reported.

Up to four inches is forecast for Mount Ashland, with less than an inch on the Siskiyou Summit.

Rain is expected in the Rogue Valley, primarily Saturday night.

“Snow levels will be relatively high, around 4,500 feet roughly,” meteorologist Charles Smith said. “Then the cold front will come through, and we’ll see those snow levels lower.”

Precipitation is expected to move out by Sunday afternoon, and that drier weather is forecast to stick around for a few days.

“It should definitely be drying out after Monday morning,” Smith said. “Winds (will be) coming off the Cascades. It usually leads to a drying trend for us and other locations.”

Temperatures in the mid to upper 50s are forecast for much of the week.

As of Friday the snowpack in the Rogue and Umpqua basins was at 83% of normal, based on Natural Resources Conservation Service data.

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