Don't put the shovel away just yet

More snow is on the way, says Connie Clarstrom, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Medford.

She said a low pressure system will move into the region tonight, causing a potential for snow after midnight, and possibly turning to rain Tuesday morning. Another storm is predicted for Wednesday night, but the area should get a short break on Friday before another storm system moves in this weekend.

Ryan Sandler, warning coordinating meteorologist for the weather service, said Mt. Ashland received 65 inches between Thursday and Monday morning, adding that southern Oregon passes could "get nailed again tonight."

The Mt. Ashland ski resort is open after a three-day closure due to high winds and heavy snowfall amounts. A press release said the road to the ski area is plowed but snow covered, advising visitors to have traction tires or chains.

Overall, Sandler said Jackson County only received about two inches of snow this weekend, compared to places in Josephine County, like Selma, which received eight inches in the last 24 hours.

Ashland Police Officer Mike Vanderlip said quite a few cars spun out from the slick roads this weekend, but no crashes were reported.

John Vial, district manager for the southwest district of Oregon Department of Transportation, said, "It was a tough weekend on the Siskiyou Summit pass, lots of traffic with chain requirements on and off all weekend. We had a couple accidents, but nothing major."

He said this morning that a full chain requirement was in effect for the pass, adding that anyone planning to go up the pass today can expect to have to put on chains.

"The pass has gotten 42 inches of snow in the last week and a half," said Vial, cautioning people again to be prepared for poor road conditions.

He said the best way for drivers to prepare themselves is to anticipate a rough trip.

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