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Valley floor could see snow

The Rogue Valley floor could see a bit of snow Monday morning thanks to a cold air mass that’s expected to start pushing into the area.

The chilly forecast begins Friday, with anywhere from a half inch to an inch of rain in Medford expected to fall by Saturday night, the National Weather Service reported. Snow levels will start at about 5,500 feet.

“Then they’ll just continue to fall through the weekend,” said meteorologist Charles Smith.

By late Sunday night, snow levels could reach the valley floor, but accumulations aren’t expected to exceed an inch.

Still: snow!

“I think any snow here is exciting,” Smith said.

From Friday to Monday, 17 inches of snow could fall on Mount Ashland, with 15 inches estimated for Crater Lake, weather officials said.

Several area highways could be affected, including Interstate 5 between Grants Pass and Roseburg and the Siskiyou summit, according to a Weather Service news release. Parts of highways 140, 230, 62 and 138, and Highway 97 north of Chiloquin in Klamath County, will also be impacted, officials said.

As of Thursday, precipitation for the 2018-19 water year, which began Oct. 1, had reached 8.56 inches in Medford, 1.45 inches below normal for that date, which is 10.01 inches. That normal amount is based on measurements taken between 1981 and 2010, Smith said. Grants Pass had recorded 15.87 inches, 2.07 inches below its normal amount of 17.94 inches, and Ashland had recorded 5.94 inches, nearly four inches below the town’s normal amount of 9.91 inches.

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

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