Heaviest snow expected to hit Rogue Valley this afternoon

The Rogue Valley is expected to see the heaviest snowfall of the day between 2 and 7 p.m., the National Weather Service reported.

At 9 a.m., the center of the low pressure system was tracked at 100 miles west of Newport. NWS officials expect the storm to head southeast into the Rogue Valley by 4 p.m. before it continues on to Alturas, Calif., where it should arrive by midnight. Heavier snow will spread across the region later today into the nighttime hours.

A winter storm warning will remain in effect until 4 a.m. Saturday. The predicted weather drove several Rogue Valley school districts to cancel class today.

Several traffic crashes have been reported because of snow and ice on the roads. The Jackson County Sheriff's Department has opened its tactical operations center, a place for county roads department officials, area fire districts, the American Red Cross, and other law enforcement agencies to gather and make cooperative plans.

Additional sheriff's deputies have hit the roads, making for a total of 17 deputies and four volunteers from Jackson County Search & Rescue. Jackson County Fire District No. 3 also has announced its stations are open today as warming shelters for stranded motorists or those who lose power. Find details at www.jcfd3.com.

— Ryan Pfeil

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