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Snow to continue in surrounding hills

 Posted: 7:45 AM December 21, 2012

National Weather Service officials say 13 inches of new snow will fall on the Siskiyou and Cascade ranges by 4 a.m. Saturday.

That means more rain and possibly snow for the Rogue Valley through the weekend. A trace of snow accumulation is possible in and around Medford with up to two inches for elevations above 1,500 feet. A winter weather advisory will be in place for Medford until 10 a.m. today.

Mt. Ashland has announced a delayed opening sometime between 10:30 and 11 a.m. today, according to the ski park's website.

The heavy snowfall at higher elevations has already had a significant impact for travelers heading out of town. Stretches of Interstate 5 and Highway 238 near the Applegate Valley are covered in snow and spots of ice. A portion of I-5 between Hugo and Canyonville had to be closed for several hours Thursday between mileposts 66 and 99 due to about 8 inches of snowfall that Oregon Department of Transportation crews could not keep up with. Motorists need to slow their speeds, allow for extra space between vehicles and give themselves extra time to travel. Check www.tripcheck.com or call 511 before traveling for up-to-date conditions on roads.

Motorists heading south into the Mt. Shasta region will have even more snow to tangle with. As much as 2 1/2 feet of new snow will fall by 4 a.m. Saturday, weather officials said.

— Ryan Pfeil


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