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Mountain roads likely to get more snow today

 Posted: 11:40 AM December 26, 2012

More snow is expected in the mountains of Southern Oregon today, forecasters say.

The National Weather Service office in Medford reports that a winter weather advisory remains in effect until 10 p.m. for elevations in Jackson and Josephine counties above 2,000 feet.

Snow showers are expected to begin in the region around noon and last through the evening, the advisory says. Snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected at elevations above 2,500 feet today. The Umpqua Divide and Kalmiopsis Wilderness will accumulate 4 to 7 inches through this evening.

From 3 to 5 inches are expected in the Siskiyou Mountains, while the Cascades could see 6 to 8 inches, with the most snow in that range stacking up between Crater Lake and Willamette Pass.

The advisory warns of potentially hazardous driving conditions on Interstate 5 over Siskiyou and Sexton summits, Highway 62 near Union Creek, Crater Lake and Prospect, and Highway 138 near Diamond Lake.

Oregon Department of Transportation reports that Highway 230 remains closed by trees that fell in heavy snow on Sunday.

Mt. Ashland reports 8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours. The ski hill is open seven days a week through Jan. 7.


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