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More winter weather is coming Tuesday

Another round of winter weather is forecast to push into southwest Oregon Tuesday and Wednesday, with more than a foot of snow possible in parts of Josephine and Curry counties, according to the National Weather Service.

A winter storm warning will be in effect from 10 a.m. Tuesday until 10 a.m. Wednesday for those two counties and much of Siskiyou County, California, according to a Weather Service bulletin. Areas below 2,000 feet could see up to 2 inches of snow, with significantly more above 2,000 feet.

“Total snow accumulations of 6 to 15 inches with locally higher amounts over the Kalmiopsis Wilderness,” the bulletin said. Southwest wind gusts could reach 40 mph.

“The real period of concern is Tuesday afternoon,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Smith. “That’s where everything starts.”

The National Weather Service will issue a winter weather advisory for areas of Jackson County above 1,500 feet, with snow accumulations of 2-4 inches expected. The towns of Ashland, Talent, Jacksonville, Ruch, Prospect and Butte Falls are included in the main coverage area, as are stretches of Interstate 5 and highways 227, 62, 238 and 140. Winds in Jackson County could hit 60 mph.

“Travel could be very difficult,” the bulletin said. “Patchy, blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute. Strong winds could cause tree damage.”

Snow is expected to slam parts of Siskiyou County, with up to 3 feet possible at Mount Shasta City, forecasters said. Travel into the area will likely be difficult and should be avoided if possible.

Conditions should start to calm by Wednesday evening, Smith said, though periods of precipitation could continue through Thursday. Friday is expected to be dry, but winter weather could return over the weekend.

“The active pattern remains in place,” Smith said.

Medford saw about a tenth of an inch of precipitation last weekend, with slightly more in Ashland, Smith said. Six inches of new snow fell on Mount Ashland, according to the ski park’s website. The Siskiyou Summit saw about an inch and a half of snow, with 3 to 3 1/2 inches of new snow in the Southern Oregon Cascades, Smith said.

As of Monday, Medford had recorded 8.35 inches of precipitation this water year, 1.27 inches below normal for the date. The snow-water equivalent in the Rogue and Umpqua basins was at 58% of the median, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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