More snow en route to valley

Another inch of snow and some rain could fall on the Rogue Valley floor today, with up to 8 inches of snow above 2,500 feet by 10 a.m., meteorologists say.

Not much is expected to stick at lower elevations, however, as high temperatures are predicted in the mid-40s. The additional moisture is from the tail end of a storm system that moved into the region Tuesday night with rain that changed briefly to snow during the morning hours.

"We're still looking for some snow showers in the morning," Jim Bunker of the National Weather Service said Wednesday afternoon.

As of late Wednesday morning, 3.5 inches of precipitation had been reported in Ashland and Ruch, 3 inches in Trail and Applegate, and 1.5 inches in Medford and Gold Hill.

Mount Ashland received 15 inches of new snow over 24 hours, and Crater Lake saw 8 inches.

Black ice overnight made for slippery roads, and nine crashes were reported by late morning — five on Interstate 5, at mileposts 28, 26 and 23, the Table Rock Road intersection and near Central Point, and in Shady Cove, Phoenix and Eagle Point. No one was seriously hurt, officials said.

"With the black ice we had early this morning, that was kind of the cause for a lot of this stuff," Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Gary Leaming said Wednesday.

ODOT officials continue to encourage motorists to travel prepared. Take food, water, blankets, flashlights and a fully-charged cellphone on trips. Travel with a full tank of gas and carry tire chains.

Flurries and packed snow were reported on the Siskiyou Pass, highways 140 and 66 and the Sexton Mountain Pass. Both passes were closed to southbound traffic during the night but later reopened.

Snowfall canceled classes in Josephine County's Three Rivers School District and Jackson County's Prospect and Pinehurst schools. Central Point and Rogue River school districts delayed classes for two hours.

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