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Four inches of new snowfall expected at higher elevations today

 Posted: 7:35 AM January 28, 2013

Up to four inches of new snowfall is expected at elevations 2,000 feet and above today in Jackson County, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather advisory until 10 a.m.

NWS officials reported one to four inches of new snow is expected to fall at that elevation today. Additional accumulation is expected above 3,000 feet. Total accumulations — from Sunday afternoon through this morning — of up to six inches are possible.

Snow is expected to decrease in intensity later today, but light snowfall is expected to continue at higher elevations through early Tuesday morning.

"They'll probably be some breaks here and there throughout the day today," said NWS meteorologist Mike Ottenweller.

A winter weather advisory is issued whenever snowfall will cause travel difficulties for motorists. Snowfall is being reported on spots along Highway 140, Highway 66 and Interstate 5 at the Siskiyou Summit, according to Snow could also create hazardous driving conditions along other regional highways like 62 and 138.

Drivers should carry chains in their vehicles, along with water, snacks, blankets and a fully-charged cell phone in case of emergency.

The Mt. Ashland Ski Area has seen four inches of new snowfall in the last 24 hours, according to their snow report. The park is open today, their website shows.

— Ryan Pfeil

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