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Mt. Ashland sees new snow, more on the way

 Posted: 12:05 PM December 17, 2012

Crater Lake and Mt. Ashland both saw new snow overnight, a precursor for what weather officials say is on the way.

Seven inches of snow fell overnight on Mt. Ashland, bringing its 24-hour total to 10 inches as of 6 a.m. today.

That's been paying off for visits to the mountain, officials said. As of 11:30 a.m., they estimated about 500 visitors had hit the slopes.

"Things have been going very, very well," said development director Rick Saul. "(The) parking lot was pretty much full yesterday during the day."

Additional snow is expected nightly through at least Wednesday, the National Weather Service reports, with as much as 11 inches predicted for Wednesday night.

Crater Lake saw more than two inches of new snowfall. Up to five inches of snow is possible for tonight, park officials reported, with wind speeds exceeding 20 mph and 33 mph gusts.

The National Weather Service office in Medford has issued a winter weather advisory that will be in effect from 4 p.m. today to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Rogue Valley. At elevations above 1,500 feet, a winter storm watch will be in effect.

As much as three inches could fall at elevations above 500 feet, with up to six inches above 1,500 feet, the messages said.

“Rain will mix with snow Monday afternoon and then change to snow Monday evening as snow levels drop sharply,” the weather service reported.

— Ryan Pfeil

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