Snow expected in Rogue Valley

Early morning commuters might have to battle snowy and slick roads today if a winter storm hits the Rogue Valley overnight as expected.

The National Weather Service predicted the storm would cruise into the valley sometime in the early morning hours and is likely to drop a couple of inches of snow in Ashland, according to meteorologist Sven Nelaimischkies.

"If we get a solid line of showers, it could dump a couple inches of snow in a short period of time," he said. "That could make for a tricky commute."

Snow levels this morning are expected to drop to around 2,000 feet, which would mean Ashland could see a couple of inches of snow stick around for a few hours early today.

As the morning wears on, though, the temperatures should rise enough to melt away most of the accumulated snow.

The National Weather Service is predicting highs to reach the low 40s today. The rain will stick around for most of the week.

Nelaimischkies said the higher elevations could see heavy snow for the next few days. The Siskiyou Summit is expected to see 3 to 4 inches tonight. Lake of the Woods could see up to 11 inches of new snow early today.

Sexton Pass could see between 2 and 5 inches of accumulation this morning.

There remains a light chance of snow every night this week, and a patch of freezing fog is expected to enter the valley Thursday night. Temperatures that night could fall to the 20s, making for slick driving conditions.

"Those who have to make their commute before the sun rises could face some tough driving conditions," Nelaimischkies said.

He said efforts to keep the snow off roads by spraying them with deicer will fail because the rain will wash it away.

The sun probably won't peak through the clouds again until Monday. The National Weather Service is calling for a partly sunny day with a slight chance of rain on Monday.

Lows could remain near freezing for the rest of this week and deep into next week, the service said.

Chris Conrad is a reporter at the Mail Tribune. Reach him at 541-776-4471; or e-mail

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