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Lithia Park in Ashland saw fresh snow on Monday. Jamie Lusch / Ashland Tidings

Ashland got nice dusting, but snow totals elsewhere fall short

Snow amounts were less than expected Monday for parts of Jackson and Josephine counties, but some flakes did make it down to the Rogue Valley floor.

The valley did not receive as much as expected because temperatures were about 3 to 5 degrees warmer than models used for forecasts Sunday.

“That had to do with, also, an error in the track of cold air pool aloft that was driving the weather system,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Brett Lutz. “It stayed out more toward the coast.”

Mount Ashland received about 4 inches of snow Monday morning, 4.5 inches fell at Crater Lake, Diamond Lake and Fourmile Lake received 6 inches, and 7 inches was recorded Fish Lake. About 3 inches fell on Howard Prairie.

Low-elevation snowfall was most visible in the southern Rogue Valley. The area in and around Ashland varied greatly, with amounts varying from a half inch to 4 inches. Light snow was observed near Phoenix, though nothing stuck. The only Jackson County school schedule affected by the weather was Butte Falls Charter School, which started two hours late.

Weather officials said residents should be ready for some ice on the roads this morning, Tuesday.

“Anything that’s wet out there could ice up,” said meteorologist Mike Petrucelli.

The Oregon Department of Transportation has three crews working around the clock to keep Interstate 5 and area highways clear of snow, with pretreatments likely for the road surfaces that include de-icer and sand, ODOT spokesman Gary Leaming said.

ODOT officials encouraged drivers to slow down and allow for greater following distance between vehicles.

“Give them plenty of time to brake,” Leaming said.

The winter weather is expected to temper today, with the possibility for some showers. Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be dry.

“We’re kind of keeping an eye on Friday into next weekend,” Petrucelli said. “We have one storm that, right now, looks like the majority of that precipitation will move into Northern California, but we’ll have to keep an eye on the exact track of that. It could still bring some showers into the area.”

Another system could drop in Saturday and bring in cold air.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4468.

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