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UPDATED: Snow blankets Rogue Valley

 Posted: 7:10 AM December 18, 2012

Inch counts for snowfall around Jackson County are still coming in, but most area residents will wake up to a winter wonderland this morning.

National Weather Service officials said about an inch of snow fell in Medford and that more is on the way, starting around 8 a.m.

"We're anticipating at least an inch out of that," said NWS offiical Jim Bunker.

A winter weather advisory has been issued until 4 p.m. today, meaning periods of snowfall could make travel difficult for motorists. Up to three inches of new snow are possible above 1,500 feet, with up to two inches below 1,500 feet. That should start to calm by this afternoon.

An additional three inches are anticipated for the Siskiyou Summit, with an additional seven inches for Crater Lake. Snow flurries and packed snow are being reported along the Greensprings Highway, Highway 140, and the Siskiyou Summit. Motorists should have chains in their vehicles and use caution while on the road.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is urging drivers to stay off the roads unless necessary. Four auto accidents have been reported between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m. today, Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon reports.

— Ryan Pfeil

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