More snow and rain on the way

Snow continued to blanket Ashland today, and more precipitation is on the way, according to local forecasters.

Up to an inch of additional snow was expected for Wednesday, with chances scattered snow and rain showers throughout the evening, said Dan Weygand, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Medford.

"Right now it's looking like we'll finally get a break from Monday and Tuesday," he said this morning.

Another front is approaching the Valley, expected to hit late tonight, Weygand said, but the Valley floor will see mostly rain. Thursday night, it could turn back into snow and continue into the weekend, he said.

Ashland School District got back to its regular schedule today after a snow day Monday and a two-hour delay Tuesday. Some parents were surprised that schools were in session despite the ice and fresh snow on the roads.

"Yesterday it never even dawned on me that school would be late," said Heather Freiheit, a parent at Walker Elementary. "There are multiple accidents on the roads ... there are cars spinning out, people are trying to walk through the parking lots to get their kids to school."

The announcement for Ashland schools was posted on the district's Web site at 6:45 this morning, explaining that school would be closed only if personnel determine the roads are not safe for buses to operate.

Southern Oregon University was also back in session today on the regular schedule.

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